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Title: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Tallman on March 17, 2020, 02:01:53 PM
FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
FIFA.com


The Bureau of the FIFA Council has today decided to appoint a normalisation committee for the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) in accordance with art. 8 par. 2 of the FIFA Statutes.

The decision follows the recent FIFA/Concacaf fact-finding mission to Trinidad and Tobago to assess, together with an independent auditor, the financial situation of TTFA. The mission found that extremely low overall financial management methods, combined with a massive debt, have resulted in the TTFA facing a very real risk of insolvency and illiquidity. Such a situation is putting at risk the organisation and development of football in the country and corrective measures need to be applied urgently.

Therefore, the mandate of the normalisation committee will include the following:

The normalisation committee will be composed of an adequate number of members to be identified by the FIFA administration, in consultation with Concacaf. In line with the FIFA Governance Regulations, all members of the normalisation committee will be subject to an eligibility check.

The normalisation committee will act as an electoral committee, and none of its members will be eligible for any of the open positions in the TTFA elections under any circumstances. The specified period of time during which the normalisation committee will perform its functions will expire as soon as it has fulfilled all of its assigned tasks, but no later than 24 months after its members have been officially appointed by FIFA.

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FIFA Normalisation committee takes over T&TFA.
By Walter Alibey (Guardian).


A Normalisation Committee is set to take over the administration of football in T&T for a period of maximum two years. This new development which was widely expected, took place yesterday, mere weeks after a visit by a FIFA/CONCACAF team, on a fact-finding mission to the T&T Football Association, found an extremely low overall financial situation that placed the William Wallace-led TTFA on the periphery of insolvency.

On Tuesday, a release from the world governing body for football- FIFA on its website stated that: “The Bureau of the FIFA Council has today (Tuesday) decided to appoint a normalisation committee for the T&T Football Association in accordance with articles 8, par 2 of the FIFA Statutes.

Article 8.2 of the FIFA Statutes reads: "Executive bodies of member associations may under exceptional circumstances be removed from office by the Council in consultation with the relevant confederation and replaced by a normalisation committee for a specific period."

The decision follows the recent FIFA/CONCACAF fact-finding mission to T&T to assess, together with an independent auditor, the financial situation of the TTFA. The mission found that extremely low financial management methods, combined with massive debt, have resulted in the TTFA facing a very real risk of insolvency and illiquidity.”

It added: “Such a situation is putting at risk the organization and the development of football in the country, and corrective measures need to be applied urgently.” Ironically, the committee comes at a time when the Wallace-led football executive had won over the public's trust from the David John-Williams led administration based on transparency and accountability, and the ability to raise funding to treat with the association's burdening debt, which it is understood, to be in the region of $50 million, Wallace said recently at a press conference at the Queen's Park Oval in Port-of-Spain on March 4.

Only last week Ramesh Ramdhan, the T&T football association's general secretary told Guardian Media Sports that the FIFA/CONCACAF team had expressed satisfaction with the plans and structures his association had put in place, as well as their plans to treat with the financial affairs, and they (FIFA) was willing to pump money to assist the embattled football association.

The normalisation committee is expected to: Run the TTFA's daily affairs: To establish a debt repayment plan that is implemented by the TTFA: To review and amend the TTFA Statutes and other regulations where necessary and to ensure their compliance with the FIFA Statutes and requirements before duly submitting them for approval to the TTFA Congress: To organize and to conduct elections of a new TTFA Executive Committee for a four-year mandate.

This is the first time the FIFA normalisation committee has had to take over the governance of T&T football which is 112 years old, and a FIFA member for the last 76 years, and it comes amidst rising concerns of questionable contracts, promises of many local and international sponsors that are still to materialize, and promises of transparency and accountability being compromised by members of the Board of Directors complaining of being left out of the decision-making process since the new executive took over just over three months ago.

According to the release: “The normalisation committee will be composed of an adequate number of members to be identified by the FIFA administration, in consultation with CONCACAF. In line with the FIFA Governance Regulations, all members of the normalisation committee will be subject to an eligibility check. The normalisation committee will act as an electoral committee, and none of its members will be eligible for any of the open positions in the TTFA elections under any circumstances. The specified period during which the normalisation committee will perform its function will expire as soon it has fulfilled all its assigned tasks, but no later than 24 months after its members have been officially appointed by FIFA.”

Contacted by Guardian Media Sports on Tuesday Wallace, who was elected to the local organisation top post on November 24 last year, said he was surprised with the position taken by the FIFA and particularly for the reasons given. The local football boss said they have been working on some stuff and will contact the FIFA for official confirmation since he only saw it on the FIFA website, noting that he or his general secretary had not been contacted or informed about it.

“After the FIFA team visited and said it was satisfied. We gave the FIFA a total breakdown of the TTFA financial debt with all the court matters and rulings etc. We also gave them a structural plan of how we were moving forward. And at the end of the audit, a statement was made that they were satisfied, and we were told to get the freeze on the account removed before the FIFA can start sending money again, so I am shocked now at the steps taken,” Wallace explained.

Former president John-Williams told Guardian Media Sports that he had no comment on the matter on Tuesday.

Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: maxg on March 17, 2020, 02:36:52 PM
to organise and to conduct elections of a new TTFA Executive Committee for a four-year mandate.

 ??? ??? ::)
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: FF on March 17, 2020, 02:56:55 PM
This some all caps BULLSHIT
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Sando on March 17, 2020, 03:22:06 PM
to organise and to conduct elections of a new TTFA Executive Committee for a four-year mandate.

 ??? ??? ::)


What that means?

They going and have re elections?

So Wallace gone?

I hope not.

DJW send up T&T debts by 34 million after he took over from Tim Kee, I hope this guy don't run for elections again.

Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: trini_stallion on March 17, 2020, 03:33:27 PM
This is heartbreaking. They now gonna step in??? When that pig was running our debt up, FIFA was coming to eat bake and shark and shake hands...all of a sudden they wanna do this??
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: pull stones on March 17, 2020, 05:25:22 PM
This is heartbreaking. They now gonna step in??? When that pig was running our debt up, FIFA was coming to eat bake and shark and shake hands...all of a sudden they wanna do this??
don't you know that the said fat ugly pig you're talking about is behind this mele?? i really hate trinis with all my heart, they are some bad mind jealous disruptive unpatriotic people, no wonder we can't even win another caribbean cup. our people are too bloody destructive and evil. i think i'm supporting jamaica from here on in.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: pull stones on March 17, 2020, 05:27:47 PM
FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
FIFA.com


The Bureau of the FIFA Council has today decided to appoint a normalisation committee for the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) in accordance with art. 8 par. 2 of the FIFA Statutes.

The decision follows the recent FIFA/Concacaf fact-finding mission to Trinidad and Tobago to assess, together with an independent auditor, the financial situation of TTFA. The mission found that extremely low overall financial management methods, combined with a massive debt, have resulted in the TTFA facing a very real risk of insolvency and illiquidity. Such a situation is putting at risk the organisation and development of football in the country and corrective measures need to be applied urgently.

Therefore, the mandate of the normalisation committee will include the following:
  • to run the TTFA'S daily affairs;
  • to establish a debt repayment plan that is implementable by the TTFA;
  • to review and amend the TTFA Statutes (and other regulations where necessary) and to ensure their compliance with the FIFA Statutes and requirements before duly submitting them for approval to the TTFA Congress;
  • to organise and to conduct elections of a new TTFA Executive Committee for a four-year mandate.

The normalisation committee will be composed of an adequate number of members to be identified by the FIFA administration, in consultation with Concacaf. In line with the FIFA Governance Regulations, all members of the normalisation committee will be subject to an eligibility check.

The normalisation committee will act as an electoral committee, and none of its members will be eligible for any of the open positions in the TTFA elections under any circumstances. The specified period of time during which the normalisation committee will perform its functions will expire as soon as it has fulfilled all of its assigned tasks, but no later than 24 months after its members have been officially appointed by FIFA.
so please tell us what all this means, and in very lay man's terms. is william wallace no longer in charge, because i'm hearing thee committee is being removed yet no word of the president, and is the appointments of all the other coaches adn stff revoked? come on give us the scoop in block language.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: elan on March 17, 2020, 05:56:35 PM
The motive behind these developments are very transparent and show that FIFA stands for corruption. They allow the people who run up the bill to leave the bar, but the people who came in to work on paying the bill get arrested?
 
This is pure corruption.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: pull stones on March 17, 2020, 06:41:39 PM
The motive behind these developments are very transparent and show that FIFA stands for corruption. They allow the people who run up the bill to leave the bar, but the people who came in to work on paying the bill get arrested?
 
This is pure corruption.
it's fifa you're talking about, as the other poster said, they left that nasty pig to ruin our football then they swoop in to play savior, i which they had done that when jack was in charge. in my opinion jack warner was the one who is mainly responsible for this debt, and he gets to go free with a lion share pension. well that's justice for you fifa style.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: pull stones on March 17, 2020, 07:09:33 PM
it pains me to say this but i'm coming to the conclusion that contro might have been on the ball all along. it seems to me that montagliani and infantino might have been behind jeopardizing our football after all tp push the bigger teams in concacaf and keep the marginalized caribbean teams in the dust bin.

what i think the CFU should do if they have any balls is to support the next president for fifa, and vote as a block and make demands, like changing the ridiculous world cup format and asking of the same montagliani to relent to our damands or else our votes will go to our own regional concacaf president.

as for andre baptiste, that dog was all to happy to announce that bit of bad news, i could only think he had something to do with it. boy my hate for trinis in trinidad has been intensified as of now, these people have been so blessed with wealth talent and good fortune but they continually support destruction and corruption in stead of excellence. what a bloody waste.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: soccerman on March 17, 2020, 07:10:43 PM
Quote
The decision follows the recent FIFA/Concacaf fact-finding mission to Trinidad and Tobago to assess, together with an independent auditor, the financial situation of TTFA.
How recent did this start? We know someone is frien with de FIFA president....
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Cocorite on March 17, 2020, 07:59:01 PM
Contro don't look so Krazzzzy now eh.

Been keeping my mout shut because I have on proof.

But the essence of what Contro had been saying aligns with the narrative of Empire behavior, and more specifically the planned, systemic, oppression our people have been facing from time immemorial.

Go to Wired868 and read Liburd's report on this issue. Both Infantino and Concacaf's president are behind this. . .

Now! What are we going to do? Leh me guess. . .Nothing

Lord, I pray that there is some misunderstanding here--that this will be turned around.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: pull stones on March 17, 2020, 09:51:42 PM
Contro don't look so Krazzzzy now eh.

Been keeping my mout shut because I have on proof.

But the essence of what Contro had been saying aligns with the narrative of Empire behavior, and more specifically the planned, systemic, oppression our people have been facing from time immemorial.

Go to Wired868 and read Liburd's report on this issue. Both Infantino and Concacaf's president are behind this. . .

Now! What are we going to do? Leh me guess. . .Nothing

Lord, I pray that there is some misunderstanding here--that this will be turned around.
yeh boy, seems like i owe contro a serious apology. i wouldn't have believed it if i didn't see it myself and today was that eye opener i needed. infantino, mantagiani and that fat ugly pig was indeed keeping our football in a corner for a long time now as only a greedy sellout unpatriotic trini would do.

and i should have known when the referees were giving us such a hard time, case and point, that goal jovin scored against the mexicans at the hasely crawford stadium, it was very clear even to the naked eye that the man was on side by leaps and bounds but the jamaican lines man called him off side and it wasn't even close, not to mention the sending off alvin jones in that game vs honduras.

boy for a while there i had hope and was very optimistic and thought that we had finally turn the corner from such a turbulent 25 years of football mismanagement, but i guess i shouldn't expect anything with this bloody $#%*&#$% disgusting country, the moto for this island should be "the more things change the more it remains the same".
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: AZZURRI on March 17, 2020, 10:34:18 PM
Soooooooo...

i was curious about this beforehand....

how'd DJW cause this trail of mess (following after JW's mess too) and get away?

or was the new admin STILL putting stuff in place to charge him or start investigations to bring to court?

Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Kingk on March 17, 2020, 10:43:06 PM
Wallace  just has to run for election and win again
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Tiresais on March 18, 2020, 03:48:21 AM
I'm too depressed to keep following this... FIFA is a disgusting and nasty place.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: trini_stallion on March 18, 2020, 04:55:23 AM
We need to stand up against fifa guys. Seriously. Let’s petition. I’m sure the TTFA can file an injunction against FIFA whilst appealing this. There has to be some resolve, the measure they’re taking is pretty drastic. IF this conspiracy is true, then the courts can settle this. The present admin was democratically elected.

What?? We a soppy nation that just going and sit down like a bobolee and take manners jussso...this isn’t right guys.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Flex on March 18, 2020, 05:46:47 AM
‘This is an attempted coup’
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).


FIFA, the global governing body for football, has scrapped the TT Football Association (TTFA) board and decided to appoint a normalisation committee, in accordance with article 8.2 of the FIFA Statutes.

This decision, by the Bureau of the FIFA Council, was announced on the FIFA website, on Tuesday. It means the tenure of president William Wallace, and his deputies Clynt Taylor, Sharon Joseph-Warrick and Sam Phillip, which began on November 24, 2019 has come to an end.

Wallace and his United TTFA team defeated Team Impactors, led by David John-Williams, 26-20 at the elections, which took place at the Home of Football, Balmain, Couva.

However, Wallace has questioned the move made by FIFA, since his administration has been seeking to erase some of the $50 million debt inherited from the 2015-2019 John-Williams’ regime.

“It’s unfortunate in that we had four years of members of the TT Football Association complaining and many people outside the football fraternity asking what’s happening,” said Wallace. “Having come into office and identified some of the stuff that occurred under the last regime, and no action was taken then.

“It’s little strange that an administration that has come into office in November and this decision has been taken,” Wallace added.

Keith Look Loy, a member of the TTFA board and an influential member of United TTFA during their election campaign, was vocal in his condemnation of FIFA’s act.

“This is, in my view, an attempted coup d’etat by FIFA to remove a democratically elected administration, an administration elected by the will of the football community,” Look Loy said. “They are seeking to overturn that will and acting like a colonial absentee landlord that feels he could do whatever he wants, regardless of what the local people think because their views don’t matter. It is highly disrespectful.”

According to an article on the FIFA website, “The decision follows the recent FIFA/Concacaf fact-finding mission to TT to assess, together with an independent auditor, the financial situation of TTFA.

“The mission found that extremely low overall financial management methods, combined with a massive debt, have resulted in the TTFA facing a very real risk of insolvency and illiquidity. Such a situation is putting at risk the organisation and development of football in the country and corrective measures need to be applied urgently.”

However, Look Loy stressed that FIFA never took such drastic action during the previous TTFA leadership.

“FIFA presided over the mess created by John-Williams and his administration,” said Look Loy. “The debt that we inherited, the $4 million in monies deducted (from office staff) and never paid to the authorities, spending FIFA money on the Home of Football and the (Fire Service) refuse to allow us to open it.

“(FIFA) came and celebrated with him. The TTFA electorate rejected John-Williams. They want to hold a new administration, that has done nothing wrong, responsible for the sins of John-Williams’ administration. It is objectionable, unreasonable and unacceptable, and we’re not going to be taking it lying down.”

Wallace admitted that he was yet to be officially informed by FIFA about their decision.

“I got the same news that you got, via the same way that you got it,” he alluded. “I have not gotten anything official from FIFA as yet, neither my secretary (Ramesh Ramdhan).”

Look Loy added, “I understand, up to now, when I spoke to them about 15 minutes (before the interview) that FIFA has informed neither the president nor the general secretary of this move officially. That summarises the disrespect, that they feel they could sit afar and just dictate to us. People, including myself, repeatedly pointed out to FIFA officials that there was mismanagement. Their attitude was hands off and it was TTFA’s business, but suddenly it is their business.”

Wallace recently said the fact-finding mission was a positive one. However, he did not want to be drawn into speculation that this move was indirectly linked to John-Williams’ close ties with FIFA president Gianni Infantino.

“I wouldn’t want to aggravate anything at this point, I would want to hold (back) on those statements. I don’t want to go down this road at this point.”

Look Loy opined, “(Team Impactors) have been trying to find every little opening to attack, and they’re being encouraged by high football authorities (as well as) the international and local media.”

The mandate of the normalisation committee includes – running the TTFA’s daily affairs; establishing a debt repayment plan that is implementable by the TTFA; reviewing and amending the TTFA statutes; organising and conducting elections of a new TTFA executive committee for a four-year mandate.

The normalisation committee will comprise an adequate number of members to be identified by the FIFA administration, in consultation with Concacaf. In line with the FIFA Governance Regulations, all members of the normalisation committee will be subject to an eligibility check.

The normalisation committee will act as an electoral committee, and none of its members will be eligible for any of the open positions in the TTFA elections under any circumstances.

The specified period of time during which the normalisation committee will perform its functions will expire as soon as it has fulfilled all of its assigned tasks, but no later than 24 months after its members have been officially appointed by FIFA.

Asked if he will be looking to appeal FIFA’s decision to CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport), Wallace replied, “It is new territory for me, we need to get some information on that.”

Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: soccerman on March 18, 2020, 09:27:45 AM
We need to stand up against fifa guys. Seriously. Let’s petition. I’m sure the TTFA can file an injunction against FIFA whilst appealing this. There has to be some resolve, the measure they’re taking is pretty drastic. IF this conspiracy is true, then the courts can settle this. The present admin was democratically elected.

What?? We a soppy nation that just going and sit down like a bobolee and take manners jussso...this isn’t right guys.
That's how I feel. We should challenge this! The new admin have only been in office for just over 3 months. If things didn't improve over 2 years then I can justify what FIFA's doing.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: socalion on March 18, 2020, 10:32:30 AM
So suddenly Fifa has concluded they are going to put in place a normalisation committee in place to deal with / address the business of football as it stands . However the question is why now ?  For four plus years they / Fifa allowed and turned a blind eye to the mismanagement of the past administration of David John Williams , not a damn thing was done then to address those issues , but of course why  should they / Fifa do anything then  when their boy toy was in place to do their bidding !  This development is absolutely disturbing and suspicious to say the least. I hope the current administration seek legal advice on this sudden development . It appears someone is running scared of what may be additionally found out hence the reason for this surprising and sudden turn of events . Someone at the very top / Fifa is very uncomfortable  it seems .
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: FF on March 18, 2020, 11:05:58 AM
Pure corruption

https://wired868.com/2020/03/18/fifa-puts-djws-accountant-patrick-in-charge-of-ttfa-despite-being-subject-of-investigaton/
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: FF on March 18, 2020, 11:16:53 AM
Guys is not no convoluted conspiracy.
It's criminals hiding crime
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: socalion on March 18, 2020, 11:35:06 AM
There  are too many sell outs on local soil / that fat Cochon David williams is having a hearty laugh in he hideout right now / I have no doubt  he  and his cohorts vex he was not re elected So as a result the intent is to plot and do as much damage as possible ..... This whole thing stinks to put it mildly its fraud / corruption at the highest level .
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Trini _2022 on March 18, 2020, 12:50:39 PM
Fifa puts DJW’s accountant, Patrick, in charge of TTFA, despite being subject of investigaton

https://wired868.com/2020/03/18/fifa-puts-djws-accountant-patrick-in-charge-of-ttfa-despite-being-subject-of-investigaton/
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on March 18, 2020, 01:50:20 PM
Under cover of dark night COVID-19, rather than normalcy .. yet they're ostensibly "normalising". Wetting my powder.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: theworm2345 on March 18, 2020, 01:57:42 PM
This is a clear, shameless attempt by FIFA and Concacaf to contravene the new, democratically-elected FA executive in the interest of having an executive that is more friendly to them in power.  I believe the only recourse the ousted executive would now have would be to take the case to an independent body such as the Court of Arbitration for Sport, as mentioned in the above article.  Maybe, locally, an organization such as the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs would be able to do something about it were they to declare the new FIFA-placed committee null and void as was similarly done when TTFF ceded to TTFA in 2012...though that would open up a new rabbit hole.  Sadly, regardless of the fact that what FIFA have done is clearly unethical -- to me there are clear and obvious conflicts of interest at play -- I am not sure they have broken any rules given the state of the TTFA (even though that is all down to previous administrations and the new TTFA were making positive strides, at least in my opinion).  That would also likely be a long, expensive legal battle that I'm not sure the ousted executive could manage against the financial might of FIFA.  It sounds like a poor option to me, but the only possible recourse may well be just to allow the normalisation committee to finish its work, and hopefully ensure that when the next elections are held, that the right people win the vote.

On a personal note, outside of the FAs and good people who I work with directly, I have largely stepped away from my work with Caribbean football, mainly due to the piss-poor state of football governance (with a few exceptions) across the region.  For years I have argued for better accountability and transparency throughout the FAs in the region, but things have actually deteriorated since I really started working on football data in the region in 2008.  I can assure you, even under DJW, the TTFA wasn't even in the "Top 10" of the worst-run FAs in the region.  While I have constantly criticized the current Concacaf regime for their treatment of the Caribbean, the only people truly responsible for the shameful state of football governance across the region are the administrators at those FAs.  The now-ousted TTFA executive had given me hope of things beginning to change, at least in one corner of the Caribbean.  In the past, a stronger CFU may have been able to keep FIFA, and especially Concacaf, in check on matters such as this, but since Concacaf opened their Jamaica office in 2017 and the CFU basically allowed itself to be basically consigned to oblivion, there is little chance of that now. 
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on March 18, 2020, 06:41:44 PM
Who's up for the fight? It's time to rumble with an uncompromised message. It's time to protect recent gains. It's time not merely to respond, but to act decisively. It's time to be clear and certain.

Our passport and values are worth nothing if our response is acquiescence.

Do not cosign bullshit and endorse history repeating itself.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: trini_stallion on March 18, 2020, 06:49:51 PM
Who's up for the fight? It's time to rumble with an uncompromised message. It's time to protect recent gains. It's time not merely to respond, but to act decisively. It's time to be clear and certain.

Our passport and values are worth nothing if our response is acquiescence.

Do not cosign bullshit and endorse history repeating itself.

But how??? How can we as supporters do something??
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: FF on March 18, 2020, 07:03:04 PM
I down!

When Jack shamelessly tried to steal our world cup ticket allotment via Simpaul, I wrote a letter to the editor of the Express outlining the brazenness of the act. I outlined the actual costs of tickets and the actual costs of going to Germany as well as the correct process to obtain tickets and how tickets are allocated to national associations. All of which Jack was trying to ignore in the name of the grift. It was one of the first letters if not first and was followed by not a deluge but a steady stream of outrage. Lasana Liburd soon picked up the thread and turned up the pressure on Jack until he was forced to back down and play like it was all a misunderstanding.

We can do something. Call your member of parliament. Call the Minister of Sports. Call into the radio stations and let the truth be known. Write letters to the editor. We could do something small individually that can turn into something big. We must fight this fight.
Title: FIFA Normalisation Committee - The Final Nail in T&T Football’s Coffin?
Post by: Tallman on March 18, 2020, 07:28:06 PM
FIFA Normalisation Committee - The Final Nail in T&T Football’s Coffin?
By Colin Murray (T&T Guardian)


Admittedly, I had written my column since last Sunday as with this Covid-19 pandemic, there are little to no sports to watch live on television and I am not venturing to see anything taking place locally because I try to stay away from crowds.

Instead, I was looking back at the Liverpool versus Atletico Madrid game in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 and I was focusing on some interesting post-match comments by two managers whom I have the highest respect for - Jurgen Klopp and Diego Simeone.

Simeone made the most telling contribution when he suggested that the tie was unfair to Liverpool as his team had 120 minutes in which to score an away goal (and we know how precious away goals are), while Liverpool only had 90 minutes to score that all-important away goal in the first leg of the tie. The away goals rule does indeed make the competition exciting but Simeone has a great point and I suppose we can all find ways to either support or disagree with him, but I am certain that it is something UEFA will look at going forward.

I went back to the column-writing board and scrapped what I previously wrote as I am in a state of shock and disbelief - it has nothing to do with the devastation Covid-19 is causing worldwide, that is bad enough; but, is Fifa trying to finally put the nail in the coffin of T&T’s football?

The headline read, “FIFA removes TTFA board, appoints normalisation committee”. Unbelievable yet true.

Perhaps David Rudder has to compose a new song alluding to this could not be football here but rather, madness. Fifa has appointed this normalisation committee due to, according to them, TTFA’s low financial management methods and massive debt. Reading on, the mighty and untouchable Fifa says the decision follows the recent Fifa/Concacaf fact-finding mission to T&T which found that the TTFA was facing a “very real risk of insolvency and illiquidity”.

This ‘normalisation’ committee now has four mandates: 1 To run TTFA’s daily affairs; 2 To establish a debt repayment plan that is implemented by the TTFA; 3 To review and amend the TTFA statutes (and other regulations where necessary) and to ensure their compliance with the Fifa statutes and requirements before duly submitting them for approval; 4 To conduct elections of a new TTFA executive committee for a four-year mandate.

But the burning question remains: after four years, has Fifa finally woken up and now realised that T&T’s football has been in shambles? Well, FIFA, many examples render this sudden intervention as rather peculiar. Our debt rose from $15M to $50M, how come you didn’t investigate that? The ‘Home of Football’ project which you gave a neat sum of money for and your esteemed president came here and posed with the Prime Minister and it still can’t be operationalised, how come you didn’t investigate that? Stephen Hart was fired in bizarre circumstances, why didn’t you investigate that? How come you didn’t investigate the hiring of Belgian coach Tom Saintfiet following Hart’s dismissal and his subsequent resignation after just 35 days on the job?

Fifa, how come you haven’t investigated the sharp decline in women’s football in T&T when in 2014, we played a playoff with Ecuador and were on the brink of World Cup qualification and two years later, we can’t even beat St. Kitts & Nevis? How come you haven’t investigated why the technical director was fired and hasn’t been paid multiple payments for rendered services? FIFA, why have you not investigated how coaches were appointed for various national teams and some have never been paid? How come, Fifa, you haven’t investigated why we didn’t field a team for the Olympic qualifiers? Going back to the ‘Home of Football’, Fifa, how come you didn’t know the building was uninsured and lacked statutory certifications from agencies such as the T&T Fire Service before having your president attend the ‘opening’ ceremony? How come you didn’t investigate rumours during the past year about late payments to suppliers and the non-payment of salaries to staff?

How come you didn’t investigate the claim by the executive who invited your president (and only God knows why the Prime Minister was at the opening) that the debt inherited was reduced from $30M to $18M, when in fact after the new executive told you the debt is $50M, you suddenly agree to investigate? FIFA how can this debt jump from $18M to $50M in a mere few weeks?

Fifa, can you please investigate why crowds don’t go to support T&T football anymore? At the same time, you may want to heap praise after investigating our phenomenal 15-0 win over Anguilla?

Fifa, can you investigate why a committee was formed to start a proposed T-League, an intended merger between the Pro League and the Super League - the top two professional football leagues, the committee sent in a budget and all proposals to start the league and just like that, Fifa, it was stopped and the then TTFA administration organised a "League of Champions" and it is alleged that certain clubs received bounced cheques. Please, in local parlance, “ah begging!” you, Fifa, to investigate that.

Fifa, when you investigate how the money was spent to build the ‘Home of Football’, the country would like to know how much more money is needed to complete the building to have it fully functional.

Fifa, I have lots more for you to investigate but I figure it’s a good start for your normalisation committee, but did you know that the current executive of the TTFA was duly and democratically elected at an annual general meeting (AGM) of the Association by clubs and officials who were entitled to vote? This intervention reeks of something more, to say the least.

According to one of your former vice-presidents: “Fifa is the most political organisation in the world”. I genuinely believe him.

Editor’s note: The views expressed in this column are solely those of the writer and do not reflect the views of any organisation of which he is a stakeholder.
Title: TTFA going to CAS for justice after FIFA takeover
Post by: Tallman on March 18, 2020, 07:46:50 PM
TTFA going to CAS for justice after FIFA takeover
By Walter Alibey and Andre Baptiste (T&T Guardian)


Disappointed by what they considered to be an unjust, unfair and disrespectful act by the world governing body for football (FIFA), the T&T Football Association under the leadership of William Wallace has turned to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) to overturn a decision by FIFA, which on Tuesday appointed a Normalisation Committee to run the affairs of T&T football.

The TTFA has retained the services of attorneys Dr Emir Crowne and Mathew Gayle two prominenent sports lawyers.

Ramesh Ramdhan, general secretary of the embattled football association, revealed on Wednesday that their attorneys would be writing to the FIFA to begin their fight against the decision.

"We took a while to get over the shock, it was total disbelief. Since then we have pooled our resources together and have decided that this is injustice, it is disrespect, it shows some political play going on here to protect, I don't know who, but clearly, this is unprecedented when you look at what those committees are set up to do. It is in cases of political interference, political turmoil, democratic processes such as elections. Our elections were supervised by the FIFA and CONCACAF, so there were no issues with the elections, but now they are saying because of the same financial deficiency that we pointed out to them when they were here, they are now using that as a reason, but we have gone beyond that, we have put things in place."

"What we are doing now, is using the same thing that they sent and petitioning the court of arbitration for sports to deal with this matter. Because to not do that, will be to allow injustice to prevail," Ramdhan explained.

In a letter dated March 17 to the TTFA general secretary Ramdhan FIFA wrote: Under these serious circumstances, and in accordance with article 8 paragraph 2 of the Fifa statutes (which foresees that executive bodies of member associations may, under exceptional circumstances, be removed from office by the Fifa Council in consultation with the relevant confederation and replaced by a normalisation committee for a specific period of time), the Bureau of the Council decided, on 17 March 2020, to appoint a normalisation committee for the TTFA.

On receiving the news on Tuesday President William Wallace told Andre Errol Baptiste on iSports on i95.5fm radio programme that: "We are not going to roll over and die."

According to the local football boss “There is still hope, we have written to FIFA and we are awaiting a response and we will take it from there. When Fifa arrived, we gave them a report from our finance professionals detailing what structures and areas need to be addressed in a report form and they told us great, that was half of their work done so now to read these statements on the financial structure, it's strange. Also, as it relates to the debt, we gave the team an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with one of our partners on how we planned to address the debt issue and as I have stated we will clear the debt in two years. So what I am saying, if they had questions on the documents, we presented, they could have called us to discuss, that is all and ask for more proof."

Wallace said he is also awaiting a response from the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) in light of what had transpired.

"Incidentally, I got a call from the president of the Union - Randy Harris, and he asked about the account being frozen and I mentioned how it was a court matter and we are working on it. He told me that 'T&T is very important to the Caribbean in football so we cannot allow FIFA to send a Normalisation Committee." and that 'Whatever support we can help with at the CFU, we will'. But of course, they do not have much funds but he also stated that when our conversation was finished he was going to call CONCACAF," said Wallace.

Word of the normalisation committee had both men taken aback, particularly as it is felt the FIFA was contradicting its policy. According to Ramdhan "In summing up the visit by the FIFA/CONCACAF team over the days of activities here, they were quite pleased. As a matter of fact, they commended us for taking certain measures to rectify the financial issues we faced, and we had already done a paper to take to the Board for approval, therefore this decision runs contrary to what we were told."

Ramdhan said his association was not informed of the decision and had to get it from the website.

The FIFA correspondance continued: 'The specified period of time during which the normalisation committee will perform its functions will expire as soon as it has fulfilled all of its assigned tasks, but no later than 24 months after its members have been officially appointed by the FIFA administration. The exact date for the normalisation committee to complete its mandate will be communicated by the Fifa administration once its members have been appointed.

In the interim and before the normalisation committee is fully operational, the TTFA administration’s management will be supervised by Mr Tyril Patrick, who will directly report to Fifa. The TTFA administration—in its entirety—will therefore report to Mr Patrick until the normalisation committee has been put in place.'
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: FF on March 18, 2020, 08:10:05 PM
We ent taking this one lying down at all.

DJW, nasty man Selby and FIFA and dem extend theyself too much with this one. We ent taking that so!  :cursing:

They bounce they head bad
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: theworm2345 on March 18, 2020, 08:44:17 PM

Wallace said he is also awaiting a response from the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) in light of what had transpired.

"Incidentally, I got a call from the president of the Union - Randy Harris, and he asked about the account being frozen and I mentioned how it was a court matter and we are working on it. He told me that 'T&T is very important to the Caribbean in football so we cannot allow FIFA to send a Normalisation Committee." and that 'Whatever support we can help with at the CFU, we will'. But of course, they do not have much funds but he also stated that when our conversation was finished he was going to call CONCACAF," said Wallace.
Am very pleased to read this whole article, and especially this part...hopefully they will prove me wrong about CFU
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: pull stones on March 18, 2020, 11:40:05 PM
I think I saw on the news where they were taking fifa to court, I think it’s some sort of sport arbitration court, did anyone else heard or is privy to this info?
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Controversial on March 19, 2020, 01:19:15 AM
They must really think that all people from TT are that docile and stupid...

The sell outs are fools and have a value they can be bought at, but the rest who actually want to see our football progress don’t have a price..

Fifa if they lose this battle, which I am hoping for may try to ban TT football, the next question will be, Cfu will have no choice but to come together as a bloc once again and finally use that power ....
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: ZANDOLIE on March 19, 2020, 02:41:25 AM
Allyuh mad?!? Its 2020, the days of Trinbagonians taking this shit are over. Petition signed, money donated. Fack dem, lets go!
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: ZANDOLIE on March 19, 2020, 03:08:54 AM
Who's up for the fight? It's time to rumble with an uncompromised message. It's time to protect recent gains. It's time not merely to respond, but to act decisively. It's time to be clear and certain.

Our passport and values are worth nothing if our response is acquiescence.

Do not cosign bullshit and endorse history repeating itself.

Amen
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Tallman on March 19, 2020, 05:46:00 AM
WATCH: Lasana Liburd talking with Fazeer Mohammed about FIFA's appointment of a normalization committee to run Trinidad and Tobago. (https://www.tv6tnt.com/watch_live/)
Title: TTFA to lose sponsor after Fifa takeover
Post by: Tallman on March 19, 2020, 06:16:20 AM
TTFA could lose sponsor after FIFA takeover.
By Jelani Beckles (Newsday).


ONE of the latest sponsors of the TT Football Association (TTFA), Caribbean Chemicals and Agencies Ltd, said it is not willing to continue its sponsorship of local football if Fifa reverts to the “same old.”

On Tuesday, news spread that Fifa decided to disband the TTFA, led by William Wallace.

On Wednesday at 2.40 am, the TTFA received an email from Fifa saying former TTFA employee Tyril Patrick will lead the local football body, before a normalisation committee is selected to run T&T football.

Patrick served as finance manager under David John-Williams, who was ousted as TTFA president in November 2019 after serving at the helm for four years.

According to an article on the Fifa website, “The decision (to disband Fifa) follows the recent Fifa/Concacaf fact-finding mission to TT to assess, together with an independent auditor, the financial situation of TTFA.

“The mission found that extremely low overall financial management methods, combined with a massive debt, have resulted in the TTFA facing a very real risk of insolvency and illiquidity. Such a situation is putting at risk the organisation and development of football in the country and corrective measures need to be applied urgently.” Caribbean Chemicals was one of the many sponsors to jump on board since the TTFA held its elections in November. William Wallace was elected as president, replacing John-Williams.

Since being elected Wallace has gathered a number of local and international sponsors including local-based company Caribbean Chemicals, which signed a four-year partnership worth $1.5 million just two weeks ago. The agreement was supposed to support the development and improvement of playing pitches at senior, junior and school levels. Among the other sponsors that the Wallace-led TTFA attained was a four-year $25 million deal with Avec UK, the largest partnership the TTFA has been involved in since the Fifa 2006 World Cup in Germany. Sports and Games also signed a four-year deal with TTFA recently.

Speaking with Newsday, shortly before the news broke that Fifa decided to hire Patrick, chairman of Caribbean Chemicals Joe Pires said, “I really have no comment until I see what Fifa wants to do and what they are doing. Logically my concern would be if they go back with the old same old I would be not interested, but if Fifa is interested in carrying football forward as the rest of T&T is we would be interested in continuing the discussion of us staying on as a possible sponsor. If it’s back to the same old, same old we not interested.”

Asked what he meant by same old, Pires said, “Well it depends on who they appoint to the board. We will be extremely concerned if they revert to the past. We are thinking future, we are thinking forward which is what we were sold on (when we decided to sponsor)...I don’t know what they are going to do, what their thinking is, I don’t. When I start to see who they appoint to the committee and who the people are going to be that’s when we will make a decision.”

Please click here to sign this Reinstate United TTFA as executive board of Trinidad & Tobago Football Association (https://www.change.org/p/visa-reinstate-united-ttfa-as-executive-board-of-trinidad-tobago-football-association?utm_content=cl_sharecopy_20940709_en-US%3Av4&recruiter=1008360326&recruited_by_id=3db05fd0-e908-11e9-bc09-dbc1307f78f4&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_initial&utm_term=psf_combo_share_initial).

Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: FF on March 19, 2020, 06:36:10 AM
Solidarity needed. Now more than ever!!
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Deeks on March 19, 2020, 07:30:18 AM
Okay, this is what somebody posted on a DMV( DC) chat. He heard that somebody we know very well wrote a letter and blow the whistle after the very contentious meeting that  TTFA had the other day. Is this true or not ?
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Tallman on March 19, 2020, 08:28:12 AM
WATCH: Why has Fifa shut down the TTFA Board? And what can besieged TTFA president William Wallace do about it?  Wired868 editor and journalist Lasana Liburd talks to TV6 Morning Edition host Fazeer Mohammed

https://www.youtube.com/v/775PSAcNOqE
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Flex on March 19, 2020, 09:22:55 AM
FIFA puts ex-TTFA finance manager in charge.
By Jelani Beckles (Newsday).


FIFA has appointed former TT Football Association (TTFA) employee Tyril Patrick to lead the local football body before a normalisation committee is selected to run T&T football.

Patrick served as finance manager under John-Williams, who was ousted as TTFA president in November 2019 after serving at the helm for four years.

On Tuesday, Fifa disbanded the current executive led by president William Wallace. According to an article on the Fifa website, “The decision follows the recent Fifa/Concacaf fact-finding mission to T&T to assess, together with an independent auditor, the financial situation of TTFA.

“The mission found that extremely low overall financial management methods, combined with a massive debt, have resulted in the TTFA facing a very real risk of insolvency and illiquidity. Such a situation is putting at risk the organisation and development of football in the country and corrective measures need to be applied urgently.”

Up to press time on Tuesday, the TTFA did not receive any correspondence from Fifa on its decision.

However, former general secretary of the TTFA Ramesh Ramdhan, who worked under Wallace, said the local football body received an e-mail early Wednesday morning confirming the appointment of Patrick and the decision by Fifa to remove Wallace and his executive.

Asked if Fifa contacted TTFA, Ramdhan said, "I did so at 2.40 am this morning. They apologised saying it was sent to the wrong e-mail address."

Asked if the e-mail contained the appointment of Patrick, Ramdhan said, "Yes, that is in the letter as well."

Video - TTFA v FIFA: Wired868's Lasana Liburd talks to TV6 Morning Edition (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=775PSAcNOqE&feature=emb_title)

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Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Storeboy on March 19, 2020, 10:52:56 AM
We had years of three former corrupt and/or disorganized football administrations. For the first time in decades, a president sets a plan in place to eliminate the debt and erase the scandalous activities of the past and now is the time FIFA attempts to act.

“The mission found that extremely low overall financial management methods, combined with a massive debt, have resulted in the TTFA facing a very real risk of insolvency and illiquidity."

But they put the finance manager who oversaw that situation back in charge. If that is not a questionable corrupt decision, I don't know what is! This TTFA is a legally, constitutionally elected organization. There was no election fraud or current proven financial fraud. At least, FIFA has not provided any evidence of that. How could FIFA after only three months and with the hope provided by this President suddenly decide to remove the President and disband the organization? Where were they all these years? As someone earlier said, this is a blatant coup d'etat and another demonstration of the corrupt, immoral organization that FIFA is. Is there a forum where we fans can raise our voices? Let's support Wallace's return to office if he has to be voted a second time.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: soccerman on March 19, 2020, 11:16:00 AM
Whatever we do, we should all do it together...strength in numbers. Let's decide what our plan of action should be.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: soccerman on March 19, 2020, 11:45:29 AM
Very informative video between Lasana and Fazeer, the CFU nations really need to come together in unified support.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: FF on March 19, 2020, 11:49:41 AM
Sign the petition.
Share on social media. Do your little part as we try to get the Caribbean football fraternity together

https://www.change.org/p/visa-reinstate-united-ttfa-as-executive-board-of-trinidad-tobago-football-association

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/duanepena_the-united-ttfa-was-on-the-move-of-bringing-activity-6646461689548029952-ovFj
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on March 19, 2020, 01:01:03 PM
Forum, from a policy standpoint, continue to refer to William Wallace as President of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association. Naturally, this practice should apply to other members of the federation's directorate as effectively unaffected by the FIFA pronouncement.

Do NOT recognize the replacement apparatus in any form.  Do not accord the replacement apparatus any legitimacy.

Reserve legitimacy for the Wallace administration. Refer to Mr. William Wallace as the legitimate president of the federation.

This practice should be particularly prominent in communicating with media entities.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Cocorite on March 19, 2020, 03:24:04 PM
Forum, from a policy standpoint, continue to refer to William Wallace as President of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association. Naturally, this practice should apply to other members of the federation's directorate as effectively unaffected by the FIFA pronouncement.

Do NOT recognize the replacement apparatus in any form.  Do not accord the replacement apparatus any legitimacy.

Reserve legitimacy for the Wallace administration. Refer to Mr. William Wallace as the legitimate president of the federation.

This practice should be particularly prominent in communicating with media entities.

Excellent!
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: pull stones on March 19, 2020, 04:05:22 PM
They must really think that all people from TT are that docile and stupid...

The sell outs are fools and have a value they can be bought at, but the rest who actually want to see our football progress don’t have a price..

Fifa if they lose this battle, which I am hoping for may try to ban TT football, the next question will be, Cfu will have no choice but to come together as a bloc once again and finally use that power ....
you setting up yourself for failure by depending on these black "BOYS" in CFU. remember those were the ones who betrayed jack warner and bin hamam, if they had taken the bribe and hushed their pie holes then at least the caribbean would've had a voice, but today we are in more dire straights because montagliani and infantino could care less about CFU.

i predict these uncle toms all backing away because they don't want to lose their fifa subventions. you all think that black people sell out in joke, and before you all attack me for being racist i do have black blood, indian blood white blood and chinese blood so i could attack all of them.
Title: ARTICLE on FIFA’s normalization committees – what are they and how do they work?
Post by: raj on March 19, 2020, 04:32:08 PM
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FIFA’s normalization committees – what are they and how do they work?
29th October 2018  Michael Smith Mugote  No Comments
Whilst FIFA has been a topic of discussion over recent years for a variety of reasons, FIFA’s powers to intervene in its member associations’ governance receives little attention. Such powers are exercised by imposing “normalization committees” on member associations that FIFA determines are not complying with the FIFA Statutes (the Statutes).

Out of FIFA’s 211 members, a number of associations have recent or current experience of normalization committee intervention – Kuwait, Guinea, Guatemala, Greece, Argentina, Thailand, Mali and Benin to name a few. In the last two months, normalization committees have been appointed in Ghana1 and Uruguay2 and the mandate of the Cameroonian Football Association’s normalization committee has been extended from February 2018 to 16 December 2018

 

FIFA has also recently released a statement regarding the suspension of the Sierra Leon Football Association following government interference in the organisation and administration of the nation’s football association following allegations of wrongdoing and corruption against the president and General Secretary. It is not clear if a normalisation committee will be appointed for Sierra Leone and FIFA plans to await the outcome of the trial against the President before decided on any further action

In light of this, this article analyses the role of FIFA’s normalisation committees. Specifically, it looks at; When FIFA is entitled to intervene, circumstances in which FIFA has intervened, how normalization committees are constituted, the scope of their powers, what happens if there are disputes, key examples of normalization committees, comparisons with other sports, legitimacy of FIFA’s interventions

When is FIFA entitled to intervene?

FIFA’s power to intervene is derived from the Statutes.

Article 8 provides that:

“All bodies and officials must observe the Statutes, regulations, decisions and Code of Ethics of FIFA in their activities.

Executive bodies of member associations may under exceptional circumstances be removed from office by the Council in consultation with the relevant confederation and replaced by  the normalization committee for a specific period of time.

Every person and organization involved in the game of football is obliged to observe the statutes and regulations of FIFA as well as the principles of fair play.

The exceptional circumstances in which FIFA may intervene are not clearly defined but tend to involve a member association’s failure to ‘manage their affairs independently and ensure that their own affairs are not influenced by any third parties’ even where such influence is not the fault of the member association. Furthermore, member associations are required to comply with the principles of good governance, including but not limited to political and religious neutrality, prohibition of discrimination, and judicial independence10.
The appointment of a normalisation committee is regarded as a last resort, when FIFA considers that the domestic governance of the game has irretrievably broken down. The constitution of a normalisation committee usually follows the suspension of a member association by the Council, where that member association is unable to confirm that it has demonstrated that it is able to comply with the requisite principles of good governance.

Whilst suspended, a member association loses all of its membership rights as defined in Article 13 of the statutes, and national and affiliated club teams are not entitled to take part in international competitions until the suspension is lifted. Other member associations are also not permitted to have sporting contact with the member association during its suspension.

Circumstances in which FIFA has intervened

FIFA appointed a normalization committee for the Kuwait Football Association (KFA) on 18 January 2018 following a 2015 suspension for alleged government interference in the affairs of the KFA. Similarly, FIFA intervened in Mali’s Football Association (FEMAFOOT) for government interference after the Mali Sports Minister dissolved the executive committee of FEMAFOOT.
In the case of the Football Association of Thailand (FAT), the executive committee was removed following a ban to the FAT’s president for a breach to FIFA’s Code of Ethics. He was given a suspended 16-month sentence by a Thai court for falsifying documents to amend the FAT statutes ahead of the FAT’s presidential election. A normalization committee was set up in 2015.

FIFA intervened in the governance of the Uruguayan Football Association after the sudden resignation of its president in July 2018. His resignation followed the release of compromising audio recordings, the content of which is unknown (although there are some suggestions that these recordings contained comments about sports administrators, a member of the government and sports journalists). FIFA’s intervention was based on the lack of guarantees for the electoral process. The normalization committee for the Ghanian Football Association was appointed following similar concerns regarding breaches of ethics in the member association and government interference.

Constitution of normalization committees

Normalisation committees are composed of an adequate number of members identified by FIFA and the relevant confederation and stakeholders. What is viewed as an adequate number of members varies, and normalization committees have been composed of three members in Uruguay, four in Ghana, and six in Thailand by way of some examples.
Members of normalisation committees are not required to have any particular skill-sets, but it is usually the case that members hail from the country in which the national association is based. Normalization committees tend to be made up of members from different backgrounds, albeit with some knowledge or experience of football and financial and legal affairs.

For example, the three members of the Uruguayan Football Association’s normalization committee include a member of the FIFA Governance Committee, a former executive of one of Uruguay’s top clubs, and an economist (the former Secretary of Economic and Financial Affairs at the Uruguayan Football Association). The four members of the Ghanaian Football Association’s normalisation committee include a well-connected businessman known for sponsorship deals for Ghanaian football clubs, a former CEO of a telecommunication network, a lawyer, and a former board member of a Ghanaian football club.

The members of the normalization committee are then confirmed by FIFA’s Bureau of the Council (which deals with all matters requiring immediate attention between two meetings of the Council). FIFA retains the right to add or remove any members of the normalisation committee as it sees fit.

All members of the normalization committee are required to pass an eligibility test in accordance with the Statutes and the FIFA Governance Regulations, which is conducted by the FIFA Review Committee. FIFA describes the content of such eligibility checks as open-ended and vague which require clarification on a case-by-case basis. FIFA aims to make their application as objective and certain as possible. In conducting these checks, the Review Committee has been mindful of the guidelines stemming from decisions taken by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in a small number of cases relevant to the conducting of integrity checks. Standards vary depending on the position for which the eligibility checks are applied, as the CAS has held that the integrity check is an abstract test to assess whether a person is perceived to be a person of integrity for the function at stake. As such, a direct violation of the FIFA Code of Ethics is no prerequisite to a person not passing the integrity check. However, a history of financial impropriety and an involvement in national or local government are severely frowned upon by FIFA.

It is worth noting that the Review Committee does not have any investigatory powers and makes a decision based on the information available to it at the time.

Scope of Powers

The normalisation committee takes over the day-to-day running of the member association whilst drafting new statutes and policies for the association that adhere to the FIFA Statutes and the relevant national law. The new statutes must contain, at a minimum, provisions relating to neutrality in politics and religion, prohibition of discrimination, independence from any political interference, judicial independence and respect of the Laws of the Game.
The normalization committee also organizes and conducts elections for a new executive committee. None of the members of the normalization committee are able to run for any of the vacant positions in the elections. Members of the existing executive committee are required to vacate their posts whilst the normalization committee undergoes its work. If they wish to take up positions in the new executive committee, they are expected to contest the positions in the elections organized by the normalization committee. Potential candidates for the executive committee are required to undergo integrity checks as per the FIFA Code of Ethics, regardless of their previous position, which is carried out by the FIFA Review Committee using the same guidelines as set out above.

FIFA can continue to monitor the member association’s progress by way of a monitoring committee, implemented on a case-by-case basis. The normalization committee remains in place for a specified period of time and will disband when all the required tasks are complete. FIFA has the discretion to extend the relevant period of time for as long as it is required, as in the case of Cameroonian Football Association (FECAFOOT).

It was announced in September 2018 that FECAFOOT’s normalisation committee was making good progress but that certain important tasks had not been completed. Notably, the adoption of statutes ensuring compliance with the Statutes had not been completed, nor had the organization of elections for the new executive committee taken place. As a result, the Bureau of the Council viewed an extension to the normalization committee’s mandate until December 16, 2018 as necessary. There is no limit as to how many times FIFA can extend a normalization committee’s mandate, although it expects the normalization committee to provide a roadmap so that the mandate can be fulfilled in the time provided to it. Similarly, the normalization committee for FEMAFOOT (the Mali Football Association) was extended to October 31, 2018 so that the key aims of revising the statutes, setting up the judicial and conducting transparent elections could be met.

What happens if the member association disputes the appointment?

There are no easily available records of member associations challenging the appointment of a normalisation committee. The Statutes provide that confederations, member associations and leagues shall agree to comply fully with any decision passed by the relevant FIFA bodies which, according to these Statutes, are final and not subject to appeal. Further, member associations are obliged to comply fully with the decisions of FIFA bodies at any time.
Some member associations have attempted to challenge the appointment of a normalisation committee through local judicial means. FIFA tends to respond to these sorts of challenges by promptly suspending the member association until the election of a new executive committee is conducted. For example, FIFA suspended the Benin Football Association (FBF) after a local judicial court approved an injunction to impede the holding of the 2016 presidential election, despite the FBF being overseen by a normalization committee since September 2015.

Member associations have been willing to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on a number of matters involving FIFA, including audit orders (in the case of the Ivory Coast Football Federation) and membership. However, the outcome of such an appeal would be difficult to predict. Whilst the CAS has upheld appeals against FIFA in cases such as the Gibraltar Football Association’s application for FIFA membership, it has also shown a willingness to approve a sports governing body’s intervention in governance matters where necessary – for example the suspension by the IAAF of the All Russia Athletics Federation from IAAF membership35. Any appeal to the CAS would most likely turn on its facts.

Past examples

Whilst normalization committees can achieve FIFA’s desired outcome, there are notable examples which open the process up to criticism for being largely ineffective and for preserving the status quo rather than revitalizing the situation.
The example of Guinea demonstrates how smoothly the normalization committee process is supposed to run, with a relatively quick and positive outcome. Guinea had a normalization committee imposed on it by FIFA in April 2016 following internal wrangles which brought all football competitions in the country to a halt. The normalization committee completed its task 11 months later, with the adoption of a new constitution and the election of a new president in March 201737.

The case of the Hellenic Football Federation (HFF) is particularly dramatic. FIFA intervened in October 2016 following extensive governance issues including the Greek Sports Ministry’s cancellation of the Greek Cup final in 2016 as well as the postponement of the 2016-2017 season due to a dispute between Greece’s football clubs, the HFF and the government over the selection of referees. FIFA established a normalization committee in October 2016. Elections were held in August 2017, despite threats and an alleged arson attack. The new executive committee is still monitored by FIFA. The normalization committee was criticized for its inclusion of some individuals who could be deemed to have a conflict of interest and links have also been drawn between those implicated in match-fixing cases and their potential influence over referee appointments. It has also been reported that as many as 75% of second-tier games in Greece are showing signs of match-fixing.

The Argentine Football Association was largely leaderless until Luis Segura became president after a suspicious 38-38 vote by a 75 person Congress. Segura was later charged by US authorities with fraudulent administration and FIFA set up a normalization committee in July 2016, which was plagued with issues including a players’ strike for non-payment and postponement of the Argentinian league. Many have criticized the new executive committee. The new President is a former president of a Third Division football club and is joined on the board by the presidents of Boca Juniors and of Independiente. People have unsurprisingly questioned the suitability of the new board members.

Comparisons with other sports

FIFA is not the only organization in pursuit of good governance and it can be suggested that FIFA’s actions complement the wider change of attitude towards governance issues in sport.
Other sports governing bodies have taken steps to intervene where serious issues over governance have been raised – see for example the unprecedented decision in December 2017 by the IOC to withdraw funding from the Association of International Boxing Associations (AIBA). The approach taken by the IOC was different to that taken by FIFA insofar as the IOC suspended funding until it was satisfied that the AIBA had demonstrated sufficient compliance and the IOC has not (yet) stepped into the organization of the AIBA’s affairs.

The IOC has placed other federations under similar scrutinies, such as the International Weightlifting Federation and the International Biathlon Union. Parallels can also be drawn between FIFA’s actions and the IAAF’s decision not to reinstate the Russian Athletics Federation’s membership, yet these governing bodies have not gone as far as FIFA in respect of direct intervention.

Legitimacy of intervention

The protection of the integrity of the game is of utmost importance to FIFA particularly at a time of significant scrutiny (and reform) of its own governance. FIFA’s own governance is in the process of changing, but many have noted that the 2016 reforms did not go far enough – with standards falling far short of those expected of a UK listed company. Whilst normalization committees often have the desired effect of bringing a member association’s governance in line with FIFA’s expectations, the difficulties lie in the determination of what good governance is in the context of a truly global sport.
Further, given the integrity issues historically faced by FIFA, questions could be raised regarding the organization’s role as moral arbiter – perhaps an independent body would be more effective in decisions such as these.

The establishment of a global independent body as a method of oversight of regulatory and governance affairs would be an admirable aim, however, the hurdles of doing so are unlikely to be overcome any time soon. Any independent body would first face the challenge of obtaining sufficient funding to conduct such wide-ranging and extensive work. There would need to be agreement from FIFA’s 211 members as to the mandate of the independent body and people of sufficient expertise would have to be appointed to carry out that mandate. How these independent people would be chosen and the integrity standard to which they would be held is another area of contention – including the question of whether they would be subject to the same integrity checks as currently imposed by FIFA. As we have seen, global governing bodies such as WADA are not immune to criticism, despite broadly being seen as the legitimate and authoritative body for matters within their scope of expertise.

To FIFA’s credit, its assertion of authority over the governance of its member associations cannot be questioned. FIFA has certainly not been afraid to flex its muscles in ensuring its authority is not undermined. For example, a normalization committee was imposed on the Guatemalan Football Association (FEDEFUT) in December 2015 but FIFA announced in 2016 that it was no longer able to operate after a FEDFUT general assembly rejected the normalization committee’s mandate. FIFA promptly responded to this by suspending FEDEFUT. A joint FIFA and CONCACAF mission visited Guatemala and took the decision in May 2018 to appoint another normalization committee. The Chairman of this committee wrote to FIFA confirming that the normalization committee was fully operational. Given the history of normalization committees in FEDEFUT, FIFA took the decision to appoint an International Steering Committee to oversee and monitor the implementation of the normalization committee’s mandate. If this was challenged by FEDEFUT, it would be automatically suspended once again.

Conclusion

These examples of intervention should serve as a stark warning of the significant consequences of corruption within football. FIFA is willing to step into member associations when it considers its position is being undermined, with the suspension of (and subsequent imposition of a normalization committee on) the member association a very likely consequence.
FIFA provides global rules which must be universally applied. These rules were not designed for the purpose of a single situation, which creates challenging situations when applying specific rules to hundreds of countries around the world, each with different ideas of standards of governance. The regulations put in place by FIFA are binding and must be observed at all times by every member association. The compulsory nature of the FIFA regulations flows from the need for FIFA to be able to achieve its objectives as set out in the Statutes.

Although individuals will have varying opinions on FIFA itself, normalization committees have been effective in a number of cases and continue to work as a method of implementation of good governance. Whilst the use of an independent body would be desirable, the status quo is working and FIFA remains the only organization with sufficient authority to enforce such action. FIFA must, however, be alive to criticism in acknowledging its failures and be prepared to monitor member associations, scrutinize the appointments of committee members, and keep a watchful eye over the suitability of candidates for executive committee positions
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Tallman on March 19, 2020, 05:32:24 PM
WATCH: Former Trinidad and Tobago footballer and ESPN football analyst Shaka Hislop said FIFA's timing to send in a normalisation committee to run Trinidad and Tobago football leaves many questions unanswered.

https://www.youtube.com/v/w398Ojp2Tn0
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Brownsugar on March 19, 2020, 05:50:06 PM
I just come to say.....FIFA mudder's c*$%nt!!

 :cursing: :cursing: :cursing: :cursing: :pissedoff: :pissedoff: :pissedoff: :pissedoff: :frustrated: :frustrated: :frustrated: :frustrated: :banginghead: :banginghead: :banginghead: :banginghead: :banginghead: :busshead: :busshead: :busshead:
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: FF on March 19, 2020, 06:09:54 PM
The crabs done start to act up.
Pro league say they not supporting any action to fight FIFA decision and ready to work with normalization committee.

So far only Point Fortin Civic Center say they wasn't aware of no Pro League board vote.

Ah setta kiss me arse Uncle Tom's in T&T
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: FF on March 19, 2020, 06:14:19 PM
FIFA ‘too big’
CAS not the way to go, says Pro League

Mar 19, 2020

https://trinidadexpress.com/sports/local/fifa-too-big/article_9050c836-6a3d-11ea-b0a0-e763643c5d59.html

The TT Pro League, a board member of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association, yesterday issued a statement that it was not in support of the Association fighting world football governing body FIFA in the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

“We have instructed our representative on the former TTFA Board, Mr. Brent Sancho, that the TT Pro League will not support any move by the former administration to engage in any legal battle against FIFA over their removal from office,” the release, which came late yesterday, said.

The TT Pro League Board is comprised of 11 professional clubs making up the local professional league. Sancho, who is also the owner of Central FC, confirmed the position taken.

“We had a conference call today and the decision was taken,” Sancho said. “We felt that it was not the right decision to go, in terms of going to CAS,” Sancho said.

Trinidad Express checks found that some of the clubs had indeed taken such a position while at least one, Point Fortin Civic, were unaware of such.


“I was not aware of that decision,” stated Civic director Gareston Craig. “I do not know when that meeting took place.”

At least four of the clubs confirmed that they were part of the decision. One official of a prominent club, who wished to remain anonymous, stated that the Pro League had run football independently for 18 years and it had nothing to do with TTFA. As an independent operation, he said, their focus was on developing football without engaging in mudslinging.


Further, the League Board stated that it accepted FIFA’s intervention.

“The Board of the TT Pro League has unanimously accepted the decision by FIFA to establish a Normalisation Committee to steer the financial and statutory affairs of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association.

As a football company who have (sic) invested over two hundred million dollars into the national economy over the last 18 years, the TT Pro League stands ready to work alongside the Ministry of Sport and the FIFA appointed Normalisation Committee for the continued development of the game.

“At a time when the dreaded coronavirus is taking its toll on the health and economic welfare of the country, on the request of the Minister of Sport, we are sending a proposal by March 31st for rebranding the professional league, use of community fields and developing a proposal for a partnership with FIFA, the Ministry of Sport and Corporate Trinidad and Tobago.

“While we cannot pre-empt any selection by FIFA, we would like to see the Normalisation Committee comprise of (sic) credible non-partisan persons from the local legal, sporting and business sectors. We at the Pro League feel the time for mudslinging, character assassination and egotism in our football must be replaced with a greater resolve to collectively address the challenges ahead.”
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Brownsugar on March 19, 2020, 06:15:04 PM
The crabs done start to act up.
Pro league say they not supporting any action to fight FIFA decision and ready to work with normalization committee.

So far only Point Fortin Civic Center say they wasn't aware of no Pro League board vote.

Ah setta kiss me arse Uncle Tom's in T&T

You really expected any different?  You forgetting is over 30 years we had to deal with Jackula et al??  Partly because all man jack who was benefit ting from the corruption bend over and took it up de rear.....once dey was getting dey cut, firetruck TnT football!!
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Brownsugar on March 19, 2020, 06:16:36 PM
........aaaaaaahhhh boy!!  Brent Sancho.....smh.......just smh......
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on March 19, 2020, 06:29:34 PM
The Pro League couldn't abide by expertise solicited and rendered by UEFA regarding the T-League, but now it is wiling to suckle at the breast of a barren and infertile FIFA through the guise of a Normalization Committee from which it anticipates benefits? I suppose it would be too optimistic to expect Ms. Julia Baptiste to resign as a matter of principle.

Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on March 19, 2020, 06:32:29 PM
........aaaaaaahhhh boy!!  Brent Sancho.....smh.......just smh......

It could be that he is expressing the league's position rather than his personal position, but as he did not clarify he remains exposed to everything you have stated.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on March 19, 2020, 06:34:22 PM
The Pro League appears willing to be a casualty in this medi. So be it. It was always heading in that direction.
Title: T&T Pro League supports FIFA takeover
Post by: Tallman on March 19, 2020, 06:53:18 PM
T&T Pro League supports FIFA takeover
T&T Guardian


The Board of Director of the T&T Pro League has said it unanimously accepted the decision on Tuesday by world governing body for the sport of football Fifa to establish a Normalization Committee to steer the financial and statutory affairs of the T&T Football Association.

In a release on Thursday following a conference meeting of the board it stated: "The Board of the TT Pro League has unanimously accepted the decision by Fifa to establish a Normalization Committee to steer the financial and statutory affairs of the Trinidad & Tobago Football Association.

As a football company who have invested over two hundred million dollars into the national economy over the last 18 years, the TT Pro League stand ready to work alongside the Ministry of Sports and the FIFA appointed Normalization Committee for the continued development of the game.

We have instructed our representative on the former TTFA Board, Mr Brent Sancho, that the TT Pro League will not support any move by the former administration to engage in any legal battle against FIFA over their removal from office."

In a letter dated March 17 to the TTFA general secretary Ramdhan FIFA wrote: Under these serious circumstances, and in accordance with article 8 paragraph 2 of the Fifa statutes (which foresees that executive bodies of member associations may, under exceptional circumstances, be removed from office by the Fifa Council in consultation with the relevant confederation and replaced by a normalisation committee for a specific period of time), the Bureau of the Council decided, on 17 March 2020, to appoint a normalisation committee for the TTFA.

Following the news from FIFA, the embattled president William Wallace told the media that he was disappointed by FIFA's action which they considered to be an unjust, unfair and a disrespectful act by the world governing body for football (FIFA) and will turn to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) to overturn a decision by FIFA, which on Tuesday appointed a Normalisation Committee to run the affairs of T&T football.

William said, "We took a while to get over the shock, it was total disbelief. Since then we have pooled our resources together and have decided that this is injustice, it is disrespect, it shows some political play going on here to protect, I don't know who, but clearly, this is unprecedented when you look at what those committees are set up to do. It is in cases of political interference, political turmoil, democratic processes such as elections. Our elections were supervised by the FIFA and CONCACAF, so there were no issues with the elections, but now they are saying because of the same financial deficiency that we pointed out to them when they were here, they are now using that as a reason, but we have gone beyond that, we have put things in place."

The Pro League release continued: At a time when the dreaded coronavirus is taking its toll on the health and economic welfare of the country, on the request of the Minister of Sports we are sending a proposal by March 31st for rebranding the professional league, use of community fields and developing a proposal for a partnership with FIFA, the Ministry of Sport and Corporate Trinidad and Tobago. A plan aimed at addressing the economic, social and sporting needs of the national and regional community.

While we cannot pre-empt any selection by FIFA we would like to see the Normalization Committee comprise of credible non-partisan persons from the local legal, sporting and business sector. We at the Pro League feel the time for mudslinging, character assassinations and egotism in our football must be replaced with a greater resolve to collectively address the challenges ahead."

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Sancho supports Fifa normalisation committee, urges ‘former TTFA board’ not to fight back.
Wired868


“[…] We have instructed our representative on the former TTFA Board, Mr Brent Sancho, that the TT Pro League will not support any move by the former administration to engage in any legal battle against FIFA over their removal from office…”

The TT Pro League, via a press statement, has distanced itself from Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president William Wallace and his team and support Fifa’s decision to send in a normalisation committee to run the affairs of the local football body.

In a separate radio interview this evening on i95.5FM, Pro League chairman Brent Sancho declared that he was fully behind Fifa’s controversial decision, which his former 2006 World Cup teammate Shaka Hislop described as a betrayal of the local game.

The following is the TT Pro League statement, which was not sent to Wired868:

The Board of the TT Pro League has unanimously accepted the decision by Fifa to establish a normalisation committee to steer the financial and statutory affairs of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association.

As a football company who have invested over two hundred million dollars into the national economy over the last 18 years, the TT Pro League stand ready to work alongside the Ministry of Sports and the FIFA appointed normalisation committee for the continued development of the game.

We have instructed our representative on the former TTFA Board, Mr Brent Sancho, that the TT Pro League will not support any move by the former administration to engage in any legal battle against FIFA over their removal from office.

At a time when the dreaded coronavirus is taking its toll on the health and economic welfare of the country, on the request of the Minister of Sports, we are sending a proposal by 31st March for rebranding the professional league, use of community fields and developing a proposal for a partnership with FIFA, the Ministry of Sport and corporate Trinidad and Tobago. A plan aimed at addressing the economic, social and sporting needs of the national and regional community.

While we cannot pre-empt any selection by FIFA, we would like to see the normalisation committee comprise of credible non-partisan persons from the local legal, sporting and business sector.

We at the Pro League feel the time for mudslinging, character assassinations and egotism in our football must be replaced with a greater resolve to collectively address the challenges ahead.

Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: socalion on March 19, 2020, 07:43:17 PM
Brent Brent Brent what is yuh real position on this whole ting ? Take  ah deep breath and explain yuh position hoss ! The pro league and you already break ah link in the chain already Brent ! Oh gosh nah boi something wrong wid  we yes ! That is one of the reasons  Fifa and its suspect characters feel they can manipulate and do whatever they want ! Take that and smoke it Brent !
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: theworm2345 on March 19, 2020, 08:58:25 PM
That Pro League statement is the footballing equivalent of this article
https://www.thecut.com/2015/07/what-open-marriage-taught-one-man-about-feminism.html
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: pull stones on March 19, 2020, 11:00:19 PM
........aaaaaaahhhh boy!!  Brent Sancho.....smh.......just smh......
are you really surprised by anything him and latapy does? that guy showed his colors when he became the minister of sports and spiralled out of control when he became a politician. brent sancho IMO is a creep who's seeking his own interest. these people in trinidad and tobago don't really love that country.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: pull stones on March 19, 2020, 11:04:30 PM
yes man society, what else is new.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Controversial on March 19, 2020, 11:18:38 PM
T&T Pro League supports FIFA takeover
T&T Guardian


The Board of Director of the T&T Pro League has said it unanimously accepted the decision on Tuesday by world governing body for the sport of football Fifa to establish a Normalization Committee to steer the financial and statutory affairs of the T&T Football Association.

In a release on Thursday following a conference meeting of the board it stated: "The Board of the TT Pro League has unanimously accepted the decision by Fifa to establish a Normalization Committee to steer the financial and statutory affairs of the Trinidad & Tobago Football Association.

As a football company who have invested over two hundred million dollars into the national economy over the last 18 years, the TT Pro League stand ready to work alongside the Ministry of Sports and the FIFA appointed Normalization Committee for the continued development of the game.

We have instructed our representative on the former TTFA Board, Mr Brent Sancho, that the TT Pro League will not support any move by the former administration to engage in any legal battle against FIFA over their removal from office."

In a letter dated March 17 to the TTFA general secretary Ramdhan FIFA wrote: Under these serious circumstances, and in accordance with article 8 paragraph 2 of the Fifa statutes (which foresees that executive bodies of member associations may, under exceptional circumstances, be removed from office by the Fifa Council in consultation with the relevant confederation and replaced by a normalisation committee for a specific period of time), the Bureau of the Council decided, on 17 March 2020, to appoint a normalisation committee for the TTFA.

Following the news from FIFA, the embattled president William Wallace told the media that he was disappointed by FIFA's action which they considered to be an unjust, unfair and a disrespectful act by the world governing body for football (FIFA) and will turn to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) to overturn a decision by FIFA, which on Tuesday appointed a Normalisation Committee to run the affairs of T&T football.

William said, "We took a while to get over the shock, it was total disbelief. Since then we have pooled our resources together and have decided that this is injustice, it is disrespect, it shows some political play going on here to protect, I don't know who, but clearly, this is unprecedented when you look at what those committees are set up to do. It is in cases of political interference, political turmoil, democratic processes such as elections. Our elections were supervised by the FIFA and CONCACAF, so there were no issues with the elections, but now they are saying because of the same financial deficiency that we pointed out to them when they were here, they are now using that as a reason, but we have gone beyond that, we have put things in place."

The Pro League release continued: At a time when the dreaded coronavirus is taking its toll on the health and economic welfare of the country, on the request of the Minister of Sports we are sending a proposal by March 31st for rebranding the professional league, use of community fields and developing a proposal for a partnership with FIFA, the Ministry of Sport and Corporate Trinidad and Tobago. A plan aimed at addressing the economic, social and sporting needs of the national and regional community.

While we cannot pre-empt any selection by FIFA we would like to see the Normalization Committee comprise of credible non-partisan persons from the local legal, sporting and business sector. We at the Pro League feel the time for mudslinging, character assassinations and egotism in our football must be replaced with a greater resolve to collectively address the challenges ahead."

So essentially they support corruption, collusion, being in the “House” and selling out which would further debilitate our football and in essence kill our wc campaign, our recent player selections etc...

But there’s only one good thing about this, it exposes who is in the “House”... and who to watch out for in times like this...
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: socalion on March 20, 2020, 12:10:00 AM
Brent sancho Time and time again has shown what his true character is by abandoning and jumping ship when it suits him it's incredible ! I am not one bit surprised at all .
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on March 20, 2020, 03:47:44 AM
Okay, this is what somebody posted on a DMV( DC) chat. He heard that somebody we know very well wrote a letter and blow the whistle after the very contentious meeting that  TTFA had the other day. Is this true or not ?

Huh?
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: FF on March 20, 2020, 06:14:56 AM
Here nah it have some real yellow belly in Trinidad. If we fight back against Fifa. What they go do? Ban we from international ball? Well, it have no ball playing for the near future.

Ah next thing is under the last admin we ent play no woman football, we ent participate in Olympic qualifiers, we club teams ent participate in concacaf tournaments. We national team ent play any home games. We might as well didn't play no games at all as far as I concerned and DJW and dem still get 20 votes in the election! What??!!

Now allyuh fraid to band allyuh belly. Newsflash: We been in a famine.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on March 20, 2020, 06:40:53 AM
Here nah it have some real yellow belly in Trinidad. If we fight back against Fifa. What they go do? Ban we from international ball? Well, it have no ball playing for the near future.

Ah next thing is under the last admin we ent play no woman football, we ent participate in Olympic qualifiers, we club teams ent participate in concacaf tournaments. We national team ent play any home games. We might as well didn't play no games at all as far as I concerned and DJW and dem still get 20 votes in the election! What??!!

Now allyuh fraid to band allyuh belly. Newsflash: We been in a famine.

We've been in a famine but dem fellas have been eating dey food.  Some in small portions, some in larger ones and some so fast because they had other portions en route.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Flex on March 20, 2020, 08:26:46 AM
Hislop: FIFA's takeover of T&T football a coup.
By Walter Alibey (Guardian).


Former national and English Premiership goalkeeper Shaka Hislop has joined the chorus of football stakeholders that have labelled FIFA's implementation of a Normalisation Committee to run the affairs of T&T football, as a Coup.

On Monday, the FIFA on its website, said it had enforced article 8.2 of the FIFA Statutes and has scrapped the less-than-four-months old TTFA duly elected administration led by William Wallace, and has replaced it with a normalization committee, a move that has left stakeholders disappointed, claims of being disrespected and embarrassed.

On Tuesday (March 17) FIFA wrote the TTFA general Secretary Ramesh Ramdhan detailing FIFA's decision based on its findings from its visit in February and placed TTFA's accountant Tyril Patrick in charge of the organisation's affairs until FIFA officials arrive to take over.

Wallace who leads the embattled football association which is said to be $50 million in debt, is now leading a fight-back of the FIFA decision, through the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

On Thursday, Shaka, who was interviewed via skype on CNC3 Morning Shot sports programme, said there was no other way to frame or phrase the move by FIFA other than a coup. “There is not a lot that Jack Warner and I agree on but I agree with his sentiments on what happened, why it happened and I continue to question the timing of it. T&T football, be it the Football Federation or the Football Association has been laboured with this debt ever since the Jack Warner administration, and he left power back in 2010/2011, why you wait until some 10 years to install a normalisation committee into our football, it's beyond me. And all signs point to only one thing is that both the FIFA hierarchy and the CONCACAF leadership were in favour of the David John- Williams administration. Now you have to question why that is, you can speculate but I have my feeling about it, but you don't overturn a legal, democratic election because you are disappointed that your man on the inside lost.”

Keith Look Loy, the chairman of the Technical Committee of the Wallace-led administration also told the media on Tuesday that: This is my view, is an attempted coup d'etat by FIFA to remove a democratically elected administration, an administration that was elected by the will of the football community."

John-Williams was beaten in a hotly contested race for the TTFA presidency on November 24 last year by Wallace 26 votes to 20 at the now controversial Home of Football in Balmain, Couva, to lead a total sweep for his United TTFA. Wallace and his team of Clynt Taylor, Sam Phillip and Susan Joseph-Warrick have since exposed the flaws on the Couva football home despite public approvals by the FIFA and its president, in particular, Gianni Infantino, who was among one of the dignitaries which also included T&T Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and Sports Minister Shamfa Cudjoe to officially open the Home of Football in November.

Wallace and his team have also revealed the rising debt of the John-Williams-led administration (TTFA) which now stands at $50 million, and have laid out a detailed plan of how they intended to clear the existing debt and set the sport back on stable footing before a FIFA/CONCACAF Finance team two weeks ago via a uniform deal with Avec signed in February.

However, following the audit visit by a FIFA/CONCACAF team of financial experts who Ramesh Ramdhan, the TTTFA general secretary said gave the organisation the impression it was satisfied with what they saw, the move on March 17 means it was not. This coincidentally was the basis on which the normalisation committee was sent to T&T.

A disappointed Hislop said: “FIFA in their monopoly of the world's game, continue to decide who runs individual member associations, that hasn't changed and as much as the names on the doors have changed, both within the CONCACAF and the FIFA, it's business as usual, as was done some 15 or 20 years ago.”

He noted: “There is no doubt in my mind that the removal of this current administration accomplishes a couple of goals. One, it would reinstall an administration into T&T football of somebody that they feel will continue their agenda and put the agenda of CONCACAF and FIFA above that of T&T football. It also sends a very loud message across the Caribbean who continue to be reliant on FIFA funding, if you don't do what we say, or if you don't install who we want then we will take action accordingly.”

The former Newcastle United custodian who is now an ESPN Analyst said he hopes the TTFA can win against the FIFA legally, but noted that if they (TTFA) does, because of the mechanisms within FIFA football and how it is controlled, the TTFA could find red tape in their way in the future. According to Hislop, FIFA knows that many small nations cannot stand alone without their funding.

Wallace has also indicated to the media on Wednesday that the TTFA will challenge FIFA's action via the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Switzerland.

Shaka Hislop: FIFA timing very suspicious (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w398Ojp2Tn0&feature=emb_title)

Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Sam on March 20, 2020, 09:05:57 AM
Look Loy vs Kevin Harrison on facebook.

Keith Look Loy This is outright misinformation. LH Rangers, Club Sando, TTDF and TTPS did not support this nonsense. It is hardly unanimous. This is just another effort by the usual shameless beggars, led by Sancho, who are sniffing an opportunity to snatch some free money. They think.

Kevin Harrison frankly, I’m amazed that they allowed you to sit in on their board meeting. Or is it you who is placing the misinformation? As I know for a fact that at least one of the clubs mentioned did in fact support the motion.

Keith Look Loy Then the owners/directors lying. TTDF did not support. TTPS was not represented. Club Sando and Rangers did not support.

Kevin Harrison do you not understand that Sancho’s role is to comment on pro league decisions?

Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on March 20, 2020, 09:32:02 AM
It is in the public domain that DJW used the word "unanimously" loosely in his then capacity as TTFA president.  Refer to the press conference during which Selby Browne corrected his usage of the word "unanimously" to describe circumstances that were anything but unanimous. Clearly, under that view unanimous action and unanimity refer only to those views or opinions or decisions or actions that matter to convenience (at the cheap dismissal and exclusion of other viewpoints.)

Aside from that press conference,  there were other references to unanimity that were subsequently found wanting and invented. Cue Ms. Joanne Salazar who was represented as having contributed to 'unanimous decisions' that she did not contribute to.

Another word to look out for soon is "unilateral". It will be instructive in representing FIFA/CONCACAF's fact-finding visit as merely a formulaic step/precursor to an already decided conclusion to undermine a democratic process that they themselves vetted.

Therefore,  it is not surprising that claims of unanimity are being bantered about despite the lack of consensus as to its existence.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: frico on March 20, 2020, 10:28:24 AM
The Government will soon follow suit,FIFA cyah move them though. ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: socalion on March 20, 2020, 04:05:53 PM
Fellow forumites please take a read of a letter/ communique on wired 868  that was sent to Fifa and  pre dates Fifa's supposed takeover of Tffa , you all can draw your own conclusions after reading!   
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Brownsugar on March 20, 2020, 05:33:41 PM
........aaaaaaahhhh boy!!  Brent Sancho.....smh.......just smh......
are you really surprised by anything him and latapy does? that guy showed his colors when he became the minister of sports and spiralled out of control when he became a politician. brent sancho IMO is a creep who's seeking his own interest. these people in trinidad and tobago don't really love that country.

No, I'm not surprised. Not after he sold out for a Ministry and a seat under the UNC......
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: FF on March 20, 2020, 09:04:26 PM
Fellow forumites please take a read of a letter/ communique on wired 868  that was sent to Fifa and  pre dates Fifa's supposed takeover of Tffa , you all can draw your own conclusions after reading!   

They bounce they head ah tell allyuh. Give dem jam!!
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Thomo on March 21, 2020, 01:10:23 AM
Question: What do Abu Bakr, Jack Warner, Calder Hart and Brent Sancho have in common?

Answer: They're all treacherous, slimey, odious, self serving POS.

He and he padna Harrison can f**k right off!
Title: CFU Boss: T&T's challenge to FIFA takeover likely to fail T&T Guardian
Post by: Tallman on March 21, 2020, 07:37:36 AM
CFU Boss: T&T's challenge to FIFA takeover likely to fail
T&T Guardian


President of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Randy Harris says while the decision by FIFA to take over the administration of football in Trinidad and Tobago is unfortunate, an appeal against the move is likely to be unsuccessful.

While the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) and others in the local football community have described as a coup, the plan by the world governing body for the sport to replace the board with a normalisation committee, Harris said FIFA was acting within the rules that all member associations (MAs) have agreed to play by.

TTFA president William Wallace announced Wednesday that the association has mounted a challenge to FIFA’s decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

He questioned why such drastic action was taken, considering no such move was made against the David John-Williams-led administration from which his executive inherited a TT$50 million (US$7.4 million) debt when it took over last November.

“This is a very unfortunate situation because we have a duly elected body of members to run the T&TFA,” Harris told Andre Errol Baptiste on I955 FM’s ISports radio show on Thursday. “The Trinidad and Tobago FA has found itself in a sad situation which all of us in the Caribbean could be in tomorrow.”

However, he said, an appeal would be an expensive option that had little chance of success.

“In this particular situation – in my view, based on my experience – it would be very, very difficult to win a case such as this because FIFA has a right to decide when they will introduce normalisation. If you read the statutes, basically we all agree to play under the statues of FIFA,” Harris contended.

FIFA said Wednesday that it was going the normalisation route because an assessment it carried out in conjunction with continental governing body, CONCACAF, found extremely low overall financial management methods, combined with a massive debt that resulted in the TTFA facing “a very real risk of insolvency and illiquidity”.

Harris noted that given the TTFA’s financial situation, it would be difficult for it to adequately administer football in the twin-island republic.

Against that background, he reiterated the need for the Caribbean to develop the sport so associations could all become self-sufficient and not have to depend on FIFA money.

“You can’t have it both ways…. The funds that FIFA is allotting to us is not a right, it is a privilege. FIFFA can get a president next week that decides that that is not the position that FIFA will take in the future. What will we do in the Caribbean?” he questioned.

“We need to get together and we need to work together to ensure that we develop football properly. Yes, we are individual MAs, but when it comes to education in the game, development in the game, searching for sponsorship, we need to get together and bring our numbers together.”

FIFA’s normalisation committee will have up to two years to carry out its work, including creating a debt repayment plan which the TTFA can implement, reviewing the local governing body’s statutes and ensuring their adherence to FIFA regulations, and overseeing new elections.

Until the committee is operational, FIFA has selected accountant Tyril Patrick, who is linked to the previous TTFA regime, to be in charge.

That move have also been questioned by Wallace who said expressed concern that Patrick had been “part of an administration that was part of a regime that led to the collapse of the association”.

In an interview on CNC3 TV online, former Trinidad and Tobago international goalkeeper and ESPN television analyst Neil Shaka Hislop said FIFA’s actions were “disingenuous and self-serving”.

“You do not install the accountant that oversaw the finances of the previous administration — that were there for the last four years while that debt mushroomed — as the interim in running our financial affairs,” Hislop said.

“Why you wait until some 10 years to install a normalisation committee into our football is beyond me. And all signs point to only one thing — that both the FIFA hierarchy and the CONCACAF leadership were in favour of the David John-Williams administration. Now, you have to question why that is, you can speculate, but I have my feeling about it, but you don’t overturn a legal, democratic election because you are disappointed that your man on the inside lost.”
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Tallman on March 21, 2020, 10:35:37 AM
Chairman of the T&T Pro League Brent Sancho believes the T&T Pro League took the responsible decision when it came to supporting FIFA's choice to set-up a normalisation committee. (https://www.tv6tnt.com/news/7pmnews/pro-league-backs-normilisation-committee/article_5899bcd0-6b10-11ea-91a2-c70a9ee16b68.html) He believes it will lead to a better structure towards stability in the long term. He also thinks the TTFA's choice to challenge the setting up of a committee may likely lead to further repercussions by FIFA which he feels could damage the sport in Trinidad and Tobago.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: socalion on March 21, 2020, 01:59:21 PM
Hear nah ah really fed up with dis Brent sancho and he surrogates oui !  Instead of lending support to the current administration in their fight against an  Grossly unjustifiable act by Fifa .  He  ( sancho and the pro league ) jump out de gates ready to hand support to  Fifa / infantino along with  he gangsters !  Look dat man  sancho is a real chien  oui !  I hereby fully support president mr William Wallace in current stance . Keep yuh head up mr president William Wallace !
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: FF on March 21, 2020, 02:00:29 PM
Tyril Patrick turns down the position as temporary head of TTFA.

Interesting turn of events. Maybe he have some principles.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: socalion on March 21, 2020, 02:39:13 PM
Interesting indeed , very interesting ! 
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on March 21, 2020, 02:45:11 PM
Tyril Patrick turns down the position as temporary head of TTFA.

Interesting turn of events. Maybe he have some principles fear.

Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: pull stones on March 21, 2020, 07:33:07 PM
Hear nah ah really fed up with dis Brent sancho and he surrogates oui !  Instead of lending support to the current administration in their fight against an  Grossly unjustifiable act by Fifa .  He  ( sancho and the pro league ) jump out de gates ready to hand support to  Fifa / infantino along with  he gangsters !  Look dat man  sancho is a real chien  oui !  I hereby fully support president mr William Wallace in current stance . Keep yuh head up mr president William Wallace !
mean while he didn't feel that way when he lead the charge to oppose jack warner for world cup monies even though he and the rest of the team got a million dollars each from the government.

and that move crippled TT football for almost a decade to the point now we can't even recover because the TTFA had to pay sancho and the rest of the claimants. thank god this fella never ran for any football administrative positions. he's a pure backside.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: pull stones on March 21, 2020, 07:35:48 PM
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Tyril Patrick turns down the position as temporary head of TTFA.

Interesting turn of events. Maybe he have some principles.
i doubt it was about principle, i am more leaning towards personal interest, who know maybe hgis life was threatened, but i seriously doubt he suddenly grew a conscience.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: FF on March 21, 2020, 07:48:49 PM
Fear and self-preservation could be a guiding principle too
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on March 21, 2020, 08:12:40 PM
Time to consider who FIFA will propose next.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: maxg on March 21, 2020, 11:38:24 PM
Time to consider who FIFA will propose next.
Kenny Rampersad ?  :devil:
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on March 22, 2020, 02:19:23 AM
Chairman of the T&T Pro League Brent Sancho believes the T&T Pro League took the responsible decision when it came to supporting FIFA's choice to set-up a normalisation committee. (https://www.tv6tnt.com/news/7pmnews/pro-league-backs-normilisation-committee/article_5899bcd0-6b10-11ea-91a2-c70a9ee16b68.html) He believes it will lead to a better structure towards stability in the long term. He also thinks the TTFA's choice to challenge the setting up of a committee may likely lead to further repercussions by FIFA which he feels could damage the sport in Trinidad and Tobago.

Posturing and pirouetting. Lipstick 💄  💋 on a pig 🐷 doh improve de pork.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: sjahrain on March 22, 2020, 07:27:22 AM
Every turn you take...there are parasites waitng for you..m :banginghead:
Title: Patrick steps down after legal threats from TTFA lawyers
Post by: Tallman on March 22, 2020, 09:16:43 AM
Patrick steps down after legal threats from TTFA lawyers
By Ryan Bachoo (T&T Guardian)


A dramatic week in T&T football ended with FIFA appointed supervisor Tyril Patrick writing to the global governing body on Saturday and turning down the position to run domestic football affairs until the FIFA appointed normalization committee is named and assembled. This came less than 24 hours after the T&T Football Association’s (TTFA) legal team led by Matthew Gayle and Dr Emir Crowne wrote to Patrick on Friday in a final warning in a letter threatening legal action.

The three-page legal letter signed by Gayle, obtained by Guardian Media Sports told Patrick, the current TTFA Finance manager, “the constitution of the TTFA makes no allowance for the appointment of yourself or any other person to ‘oversee’ the day to day affairs of the TTFA as the FIFA letter purports.”

In saying that the FIFA letter, which asked Patrick to oversee the day to day running of local football, is of no legal effect, the TTFA’s lawyers also threatened to return force should there be any repercussions to local football. “Any attempts to hold football in Trinidad to ransom with threats of further and/or more punitive steps will also be met with forceful resistance by those who have retained us,” the legal letter read. It called upon the TTFA finance officer to distance himself from taking further steps towards acting on his FIFA appointment.

FIFA's letter from Secretary General Fatma Samoura stated: Under these serious circumstances, and in accordance with article 8 paragraph 2 of the Fifa statutes (which foresees that executive bodies of member associations may, under exceptional circumstances, be removed from office by the Fifa Council in consultation with the relevant confederation and replaced by a normalisation committee for a specific period of time), the Bureau of the Council decided, on March 17, to appoint a normalisation committee for the TTFA.

While Patrick was given until 8 am on Monday to respond, he wrote on Saturday morning to the TTFA’s attorney stating, “I would like to confirm via this email that I am no longer the interim manager at TTFA. I am no longer accepting the appointment and I have informed FIFA of my decision.”

His decision was lauded by former FIFA vice president Jack Warner who told Guardian Media Sports FIFA was out to use Patrick. Warner said, “I think what Patrick did, in my humble view, is the respectful thing of not taking up FIFA’s bait and allowing himself to be used and I admire the young man. I don’t know him, but I admire him now more than ever because he refused to allow himself to be a pawn or a tool to be used by FIFA and their agents.”

Patrick’s rescinding of the appointment left the question as to who would run the daily affairs of the TTFA after a dramatic week which saw FIFA disband the local governing body via letter dated March 17, and addressed to the TTHFA's general secretary Ramesh Ramdhan in its move towards installing a normalization committee.

Ramdhan confirmed to Guardian Media Sports yesterday that he can go to the office because he was not removed by FIFA. The elected members along with the board of the TTFA were removed. Ramdhan is the head of the secretariat and had been told to report to Patrick by the FIFA but he refrained from doing so.

Less than a day after the announcement was made by the FIFA that it was sending in a normalization committee, the TTFA president William Wallace announced on Wednesday that it was taking the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Wallace said on Wednesday that, "We took a while to get over the shock, it was total disbelief. Since then we have pooled our resources together and have decided that this is injustice, it is disrespect, it shows some political play going on here to protect, I don't know who, but clearly, this is unprecedented when you look at what those committees are set up to do. It is in cases of political interference, political turmoil, democratic processes such as elections. Our elections were supervised by the FIFA and CONCACAF, so there were no issues with the elections, but now they are saying because of the same financial deficiency that we pointed out to them when they were here, they are now using that as a reason, but we have gone beyond that, we have put things in place."

Ramdhan said certain procedures needed to take place before the matter reached CAS. After the TTFA issued a letter to the FIFA this week, it is understood the local body was not happy with its response and has since written to the FIFA once again, giving them until 8:30am on Monday to respond.

Ramdhan said, “We have to follow certain protocols before we take the matter to CAS. We were not satisfied with FIFA’s response after they took three days, so we have again written them and asked them to deal with the substantive matter of the letter.” The formal proceedings to take the matter to CAS could start as early as tomorrow judging on FIFA’s response to the TTFA.

Gayle's letter also stated that: "The proper membership of the executive of the TTFA therefore consists of the following persons: William Wallace, Clynt Taylor, Susan Joseph-Warrick, Joseph Sam-Phillip, Kieron Edwards, Richard Quan Chan, Rayshawn Mars, Desmond Alfred, Dwayne Thomas, Brent Sancho, Jamyila Muhammad, Phullip Fraser, Joseph Taylor, Keith Look Loy (colectively the "Duly Elected Executive).

As such, the normalization committee was appointed to run the TTFA’s daily affairs, establish a debt repayment plan, review and amend the TTFA Statutes to ensure their compliance with the FIFA Statutes and organise and conduct elections of a new TTFA Executive Committee for a four-year mandate.

On March 15, the TTFA closed its office and told staff to stay at home for one week because of the Covid-19 pandemic and report to work on March 23. A decision was also taken to suspend all national football team training and screening sessions until further notice.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Tallman on March 22, 2020, 05:53:05 PM
WATCH: AC Port of Spain's Michael Awai calls for common sense to prevail and help solve the rift between the TTFA and FIFA.

https://www.youtube.com/v/_LQdu3AGkow
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Tallman on March 22, 2020, 06:38:48 PM
Former GFF normalisation chairman Clinton Urling: T&T football will benefit
By Gyasi Merrique (T&T Guardian)


Former chairman of the 2014 FIFA Normalisation Committee appointed in Guyana, Clinton Urling, says that there are some things certainly not normal about FIFA’s recent takeover of the T&T Football Association (TTFA).

In an extensive interview with Guardian Media Sports on Friday, Urling drew attention to the fact that FIFA had appointed the TTFA’s Finance manager, Tyril Patrick, as interim manager of the organisation.

“They have to do exactly what they did in Guyana’s case. You have to bring impartial voices, impartial vision to this matter to bare. Folks who have not been a part of the problem for want of a better word,” said Urling.

Patrick has since declined FIFA’s offer having been advised by the legal representatives of the disbanded administration not to accept FIFA’s request.

A source within the TTFA has confirmed that Patrick has been the association’s financial manager for at least the last three years, hired in 2017 under former president David John-Williams, who was replaced on November 24.

Upon entering office, new TTFA president William Wallace and his administration claimed to have found over TT$50 million dollars in debt incurred by their predecessors.

In T&T’s case, FIFA noted with great concern that a recent fact-finding visit “to assess, together with an independent auditor, the financial situation of TTFA”, uncovered “extremely low overall financial management methods, combined with massive debt, have resulted in the TTFA facing a very real risk of insolvency and illiquidity.”

FIFA concluded that the situation required that corrective measures be applied with urgency.

Wallace’s administration has since vociferously claimed that well before that FIFA/CONCACAF fact-finding team arrived in February, it acknowledged and addressed the association’s lack of financial best practices in writing to FIFA, emphasising that these deficiencies existed before he was voted into office. On arriving in T&T, the visiting contingent was presented with a detailed audit of the accounts as well as what the new TTFA called a detailed debt-eradication proposal to fix the situation.

Urling also noted that while FIFA possesses broad powers to intervene in the administrative affairs of any member association under “exceptional circumstances”, he questions FIFA’s timing with respect to T&T.

“I know FIFA has the authority to set up these normalisation committees and article 8.2 gives them broad powers to do it. Sometimes we forget that the member associations are creatures of FIFA and the member association succumbs to the rules and regulations of the statutes of FIFA,” Urling said, before adding, “But what I’ve read that for me seems to be an anomaly, is that the Trinidad federation recently held elections and a new body took over.

“I assume that FIFA would have given that new body a year or so to assess the situation and see if the situation was getting better. So, I don’t know if a normalisation committee was warranted in this case.”

Whenever FIFA sees a need to intervene in the administrative affairs of one of its member associations, it almost always cites one or a combination of two statutes which guide the operations of all its affiliate members.

Article 8 of FIFA’s statutes, in accordance with which it made its decision to descend upon the TTFA on March 17, is thought to deal specifically with the conduct of bodies, officials and others.

The FIFA Council’s email correspondence from its secretary general Fatma Samoura to the TTFA, more specifically cited paragraph two of Article 8, which states that once FIFA deems that ‘exceptional circumstances’ exist within any member association’s execution of its business, it is well within its right to remove the executive of that association and install a normalisation committee.

FIFA Statutes – General Provisions

1 All bodies and officials must observe the Statutes, regulations, decisions and Code of Ethics of FIFA in their activities.

2 Executive bodies of member associations may under exceptional circumstances be removed from office by the Council in consultation with the relevant confederation and replaced by a normalisation committee for a specific period of time.

3 Every person and organisation involved in the game of football is obliged to observe the Statutes and regulations of FIFA as well as the principles of fair play. Nine official languages.

Of the ten or more times that FIFA has appointed normalisation committees in member association countries within the last five years, it has more often than not, wielded either Articles 8 or 14 as its rod of correction.

Where the circumstances are more egregious, that is, where constitutional or political discrepancies exist, FIFA can take similar action in accordance with another piece of literature, Article 14 paragraph 1(a).

FIFA Statutes – Membership

1 Member associations have the following obligations:

a) to comply fully with the Statutes, regulations, directives and decisions of FIFA bodies at any time as well as the decisions of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) passed on appeal on the basis of Article 57 paragraph 1 of the FIFA Statutes.

It is instructive to note that, while neither of these articles defines exactly what may dictate FIFA’s action, only when that action is taken does the Council usually outline what prompted it.

FIFA’s reliance on this Normalisation Committee remedy has become more and more apparent within recent times. In fact, within the past ten years, there have been more than a dozen cases around the world. A quick study of some of these cases suggests that there is no real consistency to the circumstances pre-dating the set-up of bodies tasked with normalisation and or reform.

However, in most of the instances where FIFA draws upon Articles 14.1 (a) in particular, there usually seems to be instances of political unrest or interference, constitutional collapse or electoral manipulation within the member association.

FIFA in Ghana, Egypt, Uruguay

For example, when a normalisation committee was appointed in Ghana in August 2018 it was as a result of rampant corruption throughout the hierarchy of the Ghana Football Association with charges against several members including the then president of the association.

In August 2019 in Egypt, a normalisation committee was appointed to steer the Egyptian FA following the sudden resignation of its entire board after that country’s elimination from the African Cup of Nations.

And after a FIFA committee was appointed in Uruguay in August 2018, it was in response to, “particularly the fact that the electoral process for the position of AUF president is not in accordance with the requirements of transparency as outlined in the FIFA and CONMEBOL statutes.”

FIFA’s NC functions as the receiver

Urling, a Guyanese entrepreneur and business owner, noted that no two cases may be identical to T&T’s, or Guyana’s situation at the time of his appointment in 2014 on a two-year mandate but he stated that the work of any normalisation committee is generally a standard operation.

“When the normalisation committee comes in, it functions as the receiver in accounting terms. The head of that committee he or she assumes the role as the CEO of the association or what you all an Executive Director to ensure that the organisation runs in a certain way and sets up systems and processes which are what the new executive will inherit.”

In Guyana, constitutionally due elections had repeatedly been delayed as in-fighting within the various levels of football administration took hold. His normalisation committee apart from managing the day-to-day running of the country’s football was tasked with amending the then constitution of the GFF one and to organise elections according to the new constitution.

Constitutional reform will form a part of the TTFA’s normalisation committee and the overall mandate does not differ significantly.

FIFA has tasked it with the following:

- to run the TTFA’s daily affairs;

- to establish a debt repayment plan that is implementable by the TTFA;

- to review and amend the TTFA Statutes (and other regulations where necessary) and to ensure their compliance with the FIFA Statutes and requirements before duly submitting them for approval to the TTFA Congress;

- to organise and to conduct elections of a new TTFA Executive Committee for a four-year mandate.

TTFA faces ban from FIFA family

Having also taken issue with some of FIFA’s decisions and even going as far as to question the political motive of FIFA, former FIFA vice president Jack Warner told Guardian Media Sports that the development was still an indictment on the state of football in the country. Warner stated that it was the lowest point for the sport and “the end of the rope”.

Urling agrees but says that the situation should not be looked upon as all doom and gloom.

“It’s the point before the same FIFA says ‘you are no longer a part of the FIFA family’ or bans the entire member association. But I think the normalisation committee throughout T&T should be seen as an opportunity, a hope that things could and will get better.

“If you look at Guyana now, you see a federation that’s flourishing. You still see some pockets of issues obviously but the whole organisation turned around and I think for T&T a similar occurrence will or could happen.”

Re-iterating that it is FIFA’s general practice to appoint persons with no close ties to the sport or the particular issues facing it, Urling forewarned against any deviation from the norm.

“It is essential that individuals are selected that the entire football fraternity has trust in, believes in their management competencies and capabilities.”

He added that once the committee operates transparently with regular input from all of the sport’s stakeholders across the entire normalisation process, football should be the winner at the end of FIFA’s prescribed period of engagement.

“Even the executive body that just got replaced has a chance to come back at the end of the normalisation process. As much as they may think that the process is unfair, support the process, maybe in a year or two let’s say the same group runs again and wins again, they come into a situation where there are new processes in place and without that noose of debt around their neck. They can say ‘give us a chance, we did not lose the last election and were not replaced because we weren’t the problem.”
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: theworm2345 on March 22, 2020, 07:02:14 PM

“If you look at Guyana now, you see a federation that’s flourishing. You still see some pockets of issues obviously but the whole organisation turned around and I think for T&T a similar occurrence will or could happen.”

Let me just say that this is complete bullshit, the GFF is an absolute trainwreck.  A few years ago they presented this 5 year plan, despite being broke.  So far, none of it has come to fruition.
https://www.stabroeknews.com/2017/05/27/sports/gff-present-five-year-strategic-plan-todays-congress/
https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=285618398916605&external_log_id=541f14c00ae3fe767d0eb53d5f250956

The GFF completely bankrupted itself to get to the Gold Cup by using almost all foreign-born players, and still needed a clerical error by Barbados to do so.  They were so bankrupt that they had to cut their domestic league season in half (90 matches reduced to 45), and at the end were playing these domestic league matches on their own GFF pitch in the middle of the day during the week, because they apparently didn't have the money to use the community pitches around the country that they usually use.  On top of that, they do not regularly hold the domestic league and, even pre-corona virus, it had been over a year since the previous league season had started.

To top it off, as I pointed out at the time, Guyana finished their Gold Cup with less Guyana-born players on the pitch than their opponent that day -- as T&T had Aubrey David on the pitch at the time.  They may well have made their money back in Gold Cup revenue, but so far it hasn't shown domestically.  But I guess in this clown's estimation, that is flourishing.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: pull stones on March 23, 2020, 12:54:59 AM
i'm very wary of this guyanese bloke, i think he's in someone's pocket as you can't trust none of these hungry third world people as we see with our own football fraternity who's pleading for cooler heads and working with fifa for the greater good, but what greater good could come from an obvious coup?

i say the only chance we have is to take them to court and even though some said it would make things worst, but in my opinion nothing could be worst than the last three years under mad man DJW the sell out saboteur.

there is a very old saying that we're all familiar with, there's a first time for everything, and just maybe we could be the classic case for the books like rove vs wade, and our case could set the precedent for the world to follow. so i say go for broke, and if we lose appeal, and if we lose that then to hell with it, bring on the ban.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Tiresais on March 23, 2020, 05:23:25 AM
Guyana is a bloody basket case, it's almost a poster for what we don't want. Their league is a shambles, sometimes propped up by local big men playing/actually being a politician.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: theworm2345 on March 23, 2020, 05:43:45 AM
Guyana is a bloody basket case, it's almost a poster for what we don't want. Their league is a shambles, sometimes propped up by local big men playing/actually being a politician.
I think you're thinking of Ronnie Brunswijk in Suriname, all of the match data from Guyana is online from the past couple of seasons (sadly putting Pro League to shame) and I am unaware of any cases of this there...but regardless it is very much a shambles off the pitch.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: pull stones on March 23, 2020, 01:33:27 PM
WATCH: AC Port of Spain's Michael Awai calls for common sense to prevail and help solve the rift between the TTFA and FIFA.

https://www.youtube.com/v/_LQdu3AGkow
did anybody listen to this arrogant clueless bastard calling the normalization a welcome intervention, can you believe these people?? no wonder steven hart got fired with not as much as a media frenzy.

as it stands I’m not surprised this fat pig bastard could have walked into the administration and turned every thing topsey turvey and still gain 20 votes in the last election, I’m sure this awai fella voted for the fat boss. the people with a say in that country is very mentally unstable and purposefully destructive, and if left unchecked would mash up Trinidad and Tobago with their madness.
Title: TTFA gets outstanding support from members
Post by: Tallman on March 23, 2020, 06:42:28 PM
TTFA gets outstanding support from members
By Walter Alibey & Nigel Simon (T&T Guardian)


The T&T Football Association's (TTFA) stance to fight against the implementation of a Normalisation Committee to govern the sport of football here is being supported by some of its members.

On Monday, the embattled football association which is led by William Wallace was bombarded by letters of support from the Northern Football Association, the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL), of which Wallace was once the president, the T&T Super League, the T&T Football Referees Association (T&TFRA) and the T&T American Youth Soccer Organization (TTAYSO).

However, some members of the Super League camp, which is being represented by TTFA board member Keith Look Loy, said they are not in support of the football association stance to go against, the world governing body for the sport- FIFA which issued a letter last Tuesday (March 17) indicating that the elected officers have been removed from office and it will send a Normalisation Committee to govern T&T football which has been struggling with mounting debt and it appears there's no solution of solving it.

However, president Wallace and his executive which was elected into office on November 24, 2019, has hired attorneys Matthew G W Gayle and Dr Emir Crowne to challenged the decision and file a pre-action protocol in the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Switzerland.

This new development has led to mixed views from different quarters of the public, including the members of the Super League, who on Monday made it clear of where the League's support lies.

However, Randy Hagley, the Guaya United founder and managing director and Derek Edwards, the Petit Valley Diego Martin United manager, both said they found out about the letter after it was written and sent by Super League secretary Peter Thomas.

Both football administrators have since called for the letter highlighting the names of the teams that support the TTFA to be published for all to see, noting that there were lots of Super League clubs that do not support the TTFA stance.

Edwards, who for years has been a critic of the leadership style of Look Loy, the current Chairman of the Technical Committee and the TTSL representative on the Board of Directors of the TTFA, told Guardian Media Sports that the normalization committee is the only way to get T&T football back on track, saying the problem of the high debt has plagued the sport for many years and the normalization committee is the only way to solve the problem.

He also called for the letter of support to be pulled back and let clubs sign a petition to show those who support the TTFA and those that don't. The pair lack of support follows that of the T&T Pro League letter on Thursday which made it clear and advised its Board member Brent Sancho, that the clubs are in support of FIFA's normalisation committee.

Meanwhile, a letter sent by the NFA and signed by president Anthony Harford on Monday said: “It is curious that after three and a half months of substantive tenure, FIFA would take such a decision, when for the two years before our elections, the majority of stakeholders were clamouring for their intervention to no avail. It is even more galling that the elections of November 24, included 100 per cent of the delegates and witnessed by FIFA officials and deemed to be free and fair. We remain steadfast in our belief that this is a breach of justice and we sincerely hope an undogmatic way is found to solve this problem. We look to you prevailing in this matter.”

Another letter of support came from the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) which reads: The SSFL wish to communicate their support for the democratically elected officers of the T&T Football Association; who FIFA has stated their intention to unilaterally remove from office. The SSFL condemns the decision, which it views as premature and arbitrary, given the fact that the said officers have been in office merely four months. Secondary Schools Football League supports and encourages the TTFA to explore every available avenue to have the FIFA decision rescinded.”

Letters from the TTAYSO and The T&T Football Referees Association also echoed similar sentiments.
Title: TTFA lawyers move on FIFA
Post by: Tallman on March 23, 2020, 07:13:44 PM
TTFA lawyers move on FIFA
By Walter Alibey (T&T Guardian)


Attorneys acting on behalf of the T&T Football Association- Emir Crowne and Matthew Gayle, have agreed to take their case to the next level which will be a pre-action protocol letter that will officially initiate court proceedings through the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Switzerland, against the world governing body for football - FIFA.

This became necessary after FIFA, failed to respond to their (TTFA) letter by the scheduled time of 8:00 am on Monday. The letter asked FIFA to rescind its decision to send a Normalisation Committee to run the affairs of T&T football.

On March 17, FIFA decided to enforce article 8 paragraph 2 of the Fifa Statutes (which states that executive bodies of member associations may, under exceptional circumstances, be removed from office by the Fifa Council in consultation with the relevant confederation and replaced by a normalisation committee for a specific period), as it believed that TTFA was on the verge of insolvency.

FIFA decided after a three-man Financial committee visited T&T in February and examined the TTFA books after its accounts were frozen on February 13, following a high court order by one its former employees.

However, the embattled football association, being led by William Wallace has agreed to challenge this, saying that FIFA's action was prejudicial, unjustified and the move was without merit. Wallace and his three vice presidents Clynt Taylor, Susan Joseph-Warrick and Joseph 'Sam" Phillip, who would have made exactly four months into office following their November 24, 2019 election triumph, gave FIFA an 8:00 am deadline on Monday to respond by rescinding their decision. TTFA's former general secretary Ramesh Ramdhan told Guardian Media Sports yesterday that TTFA lawyers received no communication from FIFA.

Ramdhan, a former TT referee who participated at the 1998 World Cup admitted they were not at liberty to make comments for fear of prejudicing the case, but stands by his association's position that his administration, which has done a lot in the little time they were in power, will fight against the injustice of FIFA.

Ramdhan noted that his administration had only received the support of three out of the 31 members of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), all of whom requested to remain anonymous for fear of victimization by the CONCACAF and the FIFA. After a letter and phone call was sent to all CFU members on March 19, said: “We got responses from three members, all supporting the stance we are taking. But they are so afraid that if they are known, they will be targeted. The other members did not even bother to acknowledge our call, such is the divisiveness that exists among the regional territories.”

According to Ramdhan, this divisiveness among our Caribbean members was championed by former TTFA president David John-Williams, who the CONCACAF and the FIFA have used to achieve their mandate. From the 41 CONCACAF nations, 31 are from the region, an advantage in numbers that is under-utilized, due to a perceive dependency by the CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central America and the Caribbean Association Football and the- FIFA (Federation of International Football Associations), Ramdhan said.

Meanwhile, Ramdhan also sought to clear the air on the debt of the TTFA, saying it has been confirmed as $50 million. In his letter addressed to the FIFA on January 13, the TTFA put the debt at TT$33.7 million. However, the TTFA general secretary said: “Presently the outstanding balance owed concerning the Home Of Football is approximately $2 million. The amount of confirmed debt TT$15,211, 861.50. Attached for your information and yet to be determined is TT$25 million which represents two matters which are before the courts, the Jack Warner and Sheldon Phillips matters. These figures can change dramatically based on the current trend.”

He explained that attempts were made to pull the Sheldon Phillips matter out of the court with an attempt to settle amicably between the parties, both Phillips and Wallace have been having talks to find a resolution.

<CFU Boss: Challenge to FIFA takeover likely to fail>

Meanwhile, President of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Barbadian Randy Harris says while the decision by FIFA to take over the administration of football in Trinidad and Tobago is unfortunate, an appeal against the move is likely to be unsuccessful.

While the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) and others in the local football community have described as a coup, the plan by the world governing body for the sport to replace the board with a normalisation committee, Harris said FIFA was acting within the rules that all member associations (MAs) have agreed to play by.

TTFA president William Wallace announced Wednesday that the association has mounted a challenge to FIFA’s decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

On Thursday Harris told Andre Errol Baptiste on I955 FM’s Sports radio show that, "The T&TFA has found itself in a sad situation which all of us in the Caribbean could be in tomorrow.”

However, he said, an appeal would be an expensive option that had little chance of success.

“In this particular situation – in my view, based on my experience – it would be very, very difficult to win a case such as this because FIFA has a right to decide when they will introduce normalisation. If you read the statutes, basically we all agree to play under the statues of FIFA,” Harris contended.

FIFA said on March 17, that it was going the normalisation route because an assessment it carried out in conjunction with the continental governing body, CONCACAF, found extremely low overall financial management methods, combined with a massive debt that resulted in the TTFA facing “a very real risk of insolvency and illiquidity”.

Harris noted that given the TTFA’s financial situation, it would be difficult for it to adequately administer football in the twin-island republic.

“You can’t have it both ways…. The funds that FIFA is allotting to us is not a right, it is a privilege. FIFA can get a president next week that decides that that is not the position that FIFA will take in the future. What will we do in the Caribbean?” he questioned.

FIFA’s normalisation committee will have up to two years to carry out its work, including creating a debt repayment plan which the TTFA can implement, reviewing the local governing body’s statutes and ensuring their adherence to FIFA regulations, and overseeing new elections.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: AZZURRI on March 23, 2020, 07:51:12 PM
Is there a copy of the PFL and SL letters that support FIFA and the TTFA respectively?


Really hoping that KLL didnt do the same thing that is alleged with Sancho and the PFL concerning their respective leagues supporting FIFA or TTFA

first Ramdhan jump the gun with his release which was either poory reported or just a bad decision by Ramdhan...and now this drama

smh
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Flex on March 24, 2020, 08:52:38 AM
Arima Mayor dispels TTFA $50M debt plan.
T&T Guardian Reports.


Another announcement of a partnership by the T&T Football Association (TTFA) with an expectation to help erase the public-touted TT$50 million debt was dismissed by the office of the Arima Borough Corporation (ABC) via a media release dated March 21.

On Saturday, the Guardian newspaper reported exclusively that the TTFA had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a multi-billion dollar state-of-the-art football, residential and sporting facility with a UK Company that would have transformed the Arima community.

The publication followed a the decision on March 17, by the world governing body FIFA to send a Normalisation Committee to govern T&T football. TTFA general secretary Ramesh Ramdhan attempted to show the public the plans that his organisation had put in place and shared with FIFA to deal with the challenges that it faces saying FIFA’s decision was done without merit or logic.

On Friday, Ramdhan, a former World Cup referee revealed that in January there was a series of letters that were exchanged between the TTFA and FIFA, one of which the embattled football administration had signed was an MOU for a multi-billion dollar state-of-the-art football, residential and sporting facility that would have transformed the Arima community.

He said it would have been his administration’s debt-eradication project. It was to be built on the under-utilised Arima Velodrome facility, situated in the heart of the eastern city.

Nevertheless, FIFA still sent a three-member finance audit committee to examine the TTFA accounts between February 26-28, following a High court garnishee order on February 13 by a former employee Kendall Walkes.

According to Ramdhan, the facility was set to include a sporting ground for local, regional and international matches, a living quarters that would have been put out to the public for sale, and a business centre, all of which he said was communicated to the FIFA/CONCACAF three-member team that conducted a financial audit in February as part of their means to clear existing TTFA debt.

“They were told of the purpose of the facility and were even given a copy of the agreement,” Ramdhan noted.

On March 4, at a news conference to announce what the new executive has done 100 days in office, president William Wallace announced that the TTFA had a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to treat with the TT$50 million debt in two to three years time. He did not name the company or partner.

Arima Mayor response to TTFA’s MOU claim

The project was to be done by international architect firm Lavender of the UK, a world-renown company in architecture and the builders of the World Cup stadium in Qatar.

Ramdhan, who was one of two TTFA officials to have signed the MOU, said the project was being done in collaboration with the Arima Borough Corporation and work was scheduled to begin later this year.

However, when contacted the Mayor for Arima Her Worship the Mayor, Councillor Lisa Morris-Julian responded with a media release which reads:

“The Arima Borough Corporation (ABC) would like to address statements by the Mr Ramesh Ramdhan, General Secretary of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association in the article TTFA reveals $50M debt-eradication proposal published in the Trinidad Guardian on Saturday 21st March 2020. The ABC wishes to state that the Corporation was not a signatory to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding the proposed sporting facility in Arima.

In January 2020, officials from the TTFA paid a courtesy visit to the office of Her Worship the Mayor, Councillor Lisa Morris-Julian with the stated proposal for the football, residential and sporting facility. TTFA indicated that their international developers intended to visit a site that can accommodate their plans and that the Arima Velodrome seemed suitable.

The officials of TTFA were thanked for the consideration of the project in the Arima Borough, however, further into the discussions, several points were specified to the TTFA officials:

• A project of the magnitude must be approved by the Cabinet before proceeding with any further discussions;

• There must be consultation with Stakeholders and burgesses of the Arima Borough;

• The construction would have significant disruptions for the burgesses and businesses in Arima.

Following this, the officials of the TTFA stated that they were making arrangements for a formal proposal. To this date, nothing was forthcoming to council.”

TTFA letter to Mosengo-Omba to erase the debt

On January 23, a few days after the meeting with the Arima Mayor the TTFA wrote Veron Mosengo-Omba, the Chief Member Association Officer: “The current administration has a plan to deal with the debts inherited and we intend to meet and discuss this with our creditors. It is our intention to acknowledge the debts and if necessary give letters of comfort to avoid the courts of Trinidad and Tobago. We have already signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a foreign company for a project in Trinidad that would factor in a debt of fifty million dollars incorporated in the overall cost of the project to satisfy the debt. Officials of the said company will be visiting Trinidad in a couple of weeks to discuss this public-private partnership with the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.”

Ramdhan revealed in Saturday’s article that: “Official of the company—Lavender, were expected to be in T&T on April 14 to hold talks with Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and other members of his government, as well as officials of the Arima Borough Corporation. The TTFA was expected to benefit handsomely from this project in terms of finance and it would have been used to clear the existing $50 million debt of the TTFA.”

However, when Guardian Media Sports reached to several Board members about the project on Saturday they said that were not aware of such a plan or project by the TTFA.

Brent Sancho, the acting Chairman of T&T Pro League said he heard of a plan to address the debt but it was not discussed or approved by the Board. Richard Quan Chan, a very experienced board member also said he was not aware of the project. Two other board members who did not want to be named, one said, “I don’t know nothing about that.” and the other said “No comment.”

Before the TTFA letter on January 23, the FIFA, in a letter to the TTFA on January 13, stated: “In light of the significant amount of outstanding debt the T&T Football Association has had in the past with third-party suppliers, the FIFA administration would like to follow up on the current status of those debts. It is important to highlight that assets financed by the FIFA Forward Programme cannot be, under any circumstances, mortgaged. The FIFA Member Associations Division is fully committed and available to support your member association in every necessary aspect in order to achieve a positive outcome.”

TTFA owing Warner, Phillips TT$25M

In response, Ramdhan said, “During a visit by the Development Manager it was discovered that funds intended for other areas were used on the now controversial Home of Football which resulted in the football association’s failure to meet its day-to-day expenses, particularly salaries for staff during the Christmas. Presently the outstanding balance owed in relation to the Home of Football is approximately $2 million, while the amount confirmed in debt is $38,782, 826.31. It was explained that others payable are $15,211,861.50, while to be determined was a $25 million which represents two (2) matters which are before the courts re: Jack Warner and Sheldon Phillips. These figures can change dramatically based on the current trend.”

In November 2019, at the launch of his TTFA presidency, William Wallace announced a list of prospective sponsors that were to inject an estimated TT$30 million into the TTFA once he became successful. Among them were American sporting goods giant Nike and local the contractor the Junior Sammy Group of Companies. Both deals have fallen through.

On March 3, the TTFA also announced a partnership worth TT$1.5 million with Caribbean Chemicals Limited, however, two days after FIFA announced that it has decided to send in a normalisation committee to run T&T football the company cancelled the arrangement.

On Tuesday, FIFA decided to send a normalisation committee after it felt the football association’s financial position was near insolvency, although the TTFA tried to convinced FIFA that they were set to wipe clean the debt through the Lavender project. They (TTFA) also sought to show FIFA that it would have put the country’s football on a stable footing.

A day after FIFA’s decision, the TTFA president Wallace announced that the association will challenge FIFA’s decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). FIFA was given until today to respond to the TTFA.

Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Flex on March 24, 2020, 08:55:07 AM
FIFA yet to respond to TTFA’s legal threat.
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).


FIFA, the world’s governing body for football, is yet to respond to the legal threat issued by former TT Football Association (TTFA) president William Wallace, who is challenging FIFA’s decision last Tuesday to scrap the TTFA executive and implement a normalisation committee.

Wallace, represented by attorneys Dr Emir Crowne and Matthew Gayle, threatened FIFA general secretary Fatma Samoura with formal legal proceedings.

The attorneys described the committee as “attempted unlawful interference in the operation of the sovereign body”. FIFA was given until 8 am on Monday to respond.

But Ramesh Ramdhan, TTFA general secretary, said, “We are awaiting (the TTFA lawyers’) next move. As far as I know, they have not communicated as they were advised to communicate, by 8 am Trinidad time. The attorneys are now contemplating putting through their next move if they didn’t comply.

“We have to wait until the attorneys get back to us.”

Ramdhan is hopeful that the TTFA gets feedback from FIFA by Tuesday morning.

Dr Crowne and Gayle also issued a pre-action protocol letter to TTFA finance manager Tyril Patrick, who was named by FIFA to head the local governing body, until the normalisation committee was implemented.

However, Patrick, on Saturday, decided against taking up the offer, leaving the TTFA without a head.

Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Flex on March 24, 2020, 08:55:55 AM
Wallace gets support: ‘premature’ decision.
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).


FIVE local football bodies have all thrown their support behind the TT Football Association (TTFA), in its battle against FIFA’s decision to send a normalisation committee to conduct the affairs of local football.

Last Tuesday, FIFA decided to scrap the TTFA executive, led by president William Wallace, and implement the committee due to mounting debt by the TTFA, which was more than $50 million.

On Wednesday, FIFA appointed TTFA finance manager Tyril Patrick to head the TTFA until the committee was implemented. However, on Saturday, Patrick declined FIFA’s offer, stating that he did not want to attempt interfering in the running of the duly elected TTFA executive.

The local bodies who have all offered support are the TT Super League, the Northern Football Association (NFA), the Tobago Football Association (TFA), the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) and the TT American Youth Soccer Organisation (TTAYSO).

In a letter to TTFA general secretary Ramesh Ramdhan on Monday, which was issued by TT Super League secretary Peter Thomas, “the clubs of the Super League wish to communicate their support for the democratically elected officers of the TTFA, who FIFA have stated their intention to unilaterally remove from office.”

The Super League has condemned the decision by FIFA, “which it views as premature and arbitrary, given the fact that (the TTFA executive) have been in office merely four months.”

And the Super League has encouraged the TTFA “to explore every available avenue to have the FIFA decision rescinded.”

NFA president Anthony Harford, who addressed his letter to Wallace, said, “It is curious that, after just three and a half months of substantive tenure, FIFA would take such a decision, when for the two years prior to our elections, the majority of stakeholders were clamouring for their intervention, to no avail.”

Harford added, “We remain steadfast in our belief that this is a breach of justice and we sincerely hope an undogmatic way is found to solve this problem. We look forward to your prevailing in this matter.”

Via a letter issued by its vice-president Samuel Orr to the TTFA on Saturday, the TFA, “(raises) its disappointment at the action initiated by FIFA.”

The TFA has also urged the TTFA to seek any available means to get the FIFA decision rescinded.

Also, on Monday, the SSFL general secretary Azaad Khan and TTAYSO area director Dale Toney both sent letters to the TTFA, condemning the move made by FIFA.

On Thursday, the TT Pro League expressed their support towards the setting up of the normalisation committee.

“As a football company who have invested over $200 million into the national economy over the last 18 years, the TT Pro League stand ready to work alongside the Ministry of Sports and the FIFA appointed normalisation committee for the continued development of the game.

“The TT Pro League will not support any move by the former administration to engage in any legal battle against FIFA over their removal from office,” said the Pro League, in a media release.

Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Flex on March 25, 2020, 06:01:52 AM
TTFA must be normalized, if not now, when?
By Andre E Baptiste (Guardian).


Normal has become abnormal in these times for the world. There are many in this world currently that believe that abnormal is the new normal and in this context, I am not talking about person’s behaviour, integrity or beliefs but rather the abstract opposite that defines a country and in some cases a sport, a constitution and the organization charged with the responsibility to manage such.

The announcement on March 17 by FIFA that it is sending a Normalization committee to this country has sent shockwaves to all if not most but the question is - Should we be surprised?.

There may be at least six other sports in this country that require some intervention.

The facts are that Football is the most popular sport in this country while remaining not the most successful given only one Senior Men’s World Cup qualification in 2005 for the 2006 World Cup. However, if you do not measure success on World qualification events both for men and women then football is a success because it is the sport in this country for which nearly all citizens would have participated in at one time or the other at any age-group level. This, therefore, dictates that it is critical in every which way to this country.

Therefore, history will dictate that after 2006, the senior men’s team lost its way through the corridors and offices of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) and has not recovered since. In 2014 our senior women footballers inspired by a team spirit and drive from all involved from administration to coach to the captain to players to supporters and even among our latent doubters (that “L” word again) overcame one obstacle after another to just fall short at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on tears filled night on December 2.

After that loss and disappointment, Many felt the hammer of Fifa was coming thereafter but wisely a change in the constitution to allow the one club vote system based on the recommendation by an elite group of T&T citizens (willing to volunteer time and energy for no financial reward) may have bought the Raymond Tim Kee administration some time, it was finally ratified in July 2015 but then later in 2015, Tim Kee’s new policy unlocked the door to democratic elections, as it should always be in any organization.

And In came David John-Williams whose style after the election rubbed some the wrong way. Perhaps he did not trust those around him, Perhaps they did not trust him but sadly for all, under the new dispensation of the TTFA everyone had a voice, each person could speak and even if not heard by dissenting voices, the advent of social media and political one-upmanship meant their views would be made public somewhere else, over time it would become toxic. John-Williams believed in his idea because he was a football man, rich in the history of the Pro League with W Connection and willing to invest his money where his mouth is. And Fifa all this time lurking in the background would have again taken note and sharpen their pencils after all this was T&T the country of Austin” Jack “ Warner, a man they now despised because of what they believed he had done to them (interestingly not for them).

As well a change in the leadership of FIFA, with Giovanni Infantino seeking out and getting John- Williams support in his FIFA presidency would have made the FIFA internal thrust to move in on T&T, possibly get a stay of execution. Infantino was elected President of FIFA in February 2016.

Thus until November 2019 when the Home of football was opened, all Normalization thoughts and talks were averted or discontinued. So like Tim Kee, John-Williams had avoided the hammer by not only mere strategy but also I suggest by listening to advice from others.

William Wallace wins in 2019 in a competitive but fair election on the backdrop of not only change but also ideas and promises as well.

The country is ready and waiting, but not for what comes next, after several logical proposals for new staffing and roles, comes the thought that there is no money to fund such. Where are the FIFA money, the FIFA support, and the FIFA grant?

FIFA’s handle though was over, they were no longer directly involved, not visiting, not checking the facility, not checking the payments, not readily in discussion with the TTFA and that was now going to be a concern. But the question has to be - Why should it? This was a facility that was to be an income generator eventually through the hotel and a planned income generator entertainment centre as well, like football fields to rent or lease out. But that never materialize because of questions raised by the newly appointed team on the facility and eventually the publicly endorsed closure of the reported $2 million US facility.

FIFA’s rationale for implementing the Normalization committee has been questioned in light of the words expressed on my programme by President Wallace and the General Secretary Ramdhan and the apparent assurances given to both by Fifa officials just over three weeks ago. Just as I told both men, they needed to get those thoughts and opinions in writing because at this stage they mean little.

Ramdhan shoots from the hip and talks from the heart, they are a good pair at times, because they are both passionate but again in this football environment that is Trinidad and Tobago where egos exist, there are always people trying to shut you down for your beliefs because it was not theirs.

The days of just rolling in and expecting no questions are gone. Communication works both ways and not just one alone. There is a sense that Wallace and Ramdhan may want what is best for our football and so too did John-Williams and Tim Kee but the difference may just be how each proceeded in this regard and also who was in charge of Fifa at the time. Tim Kee was the President during the rough days of Fifa investigation and changing of the guards while John-Williams supported the incumbent.

Sadly both Wallace and Ramdhan missed the opportunity to stake their intentions and claims personally with both the President of FIFA and CONCACAF in November

Lastly, FIFA in this environment will find it difficult to select persons who will be able to withstand what may come next one way or the other unless they can get the – buy-in – of the public by themselves being open and transparent with all the information in their possession. It is the only way forward and let our hopes they realize that before Trinidad and Tobago pay the ultimate price. It may also be extremely difficult to convince professionals of FIFA way unless they can explicitly detail their findings and objectives and not hide behind innuendos. It may be asking a lot of them, but we the people of this country – deserve no less than that.

Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: FF on March 25, 2020, 07:53:38 AM
Andre Baptiste take that drivel and shove it.
Ain't nobody swallowing that tripe
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on March 25, 2020, 08:29:34 AM
The unmasking of Andre Baptiste,  is it?
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: lefty on March 25, 2020, 08:33:50 AM
The unmasking of Andre Baptiste,  is it?
what mask when was there ever a mask, he was "inside" and fighting to stay dey all through d election, i95 too may be culpable
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: pull stones on March 25, 2020, 02:24:18 PM
I hate that guy, I really do. Heard him on the jokey sport program of his with his dumb lisp talking about azim basserat and David cameron. this bloke is certainly not without prejudice and he makes no efforts to hide his obvious biases. people like him has no place in the public domain, especially in a place like Trinidad where most depend on the media for their information.
Title: TTFA risks suspension in pursuit of justice against FIFA
Post by: Tallman on March 25, 2020, 06:47:27 PM
TTFA risks suspension in pursuit of justice against FIFA
By Gyasi Merrique (T&T Guardian)


The dust raised by sudden and swift football takeover here in T&T has not yet settled and neither will it settle soon, Especially if the ousted administration continues to pursue mediation through the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on FIFA’s decision to appoint a Normalisation Committee here in T&T.

It was only last Tuesday March 17, FIFA announced that it had disbanded the ruling TTFA administration led by William Wallace, in favour of its committee to run the day to day affairs, establish a plan to reduce the association’s mounting debt, make necessary adjustments to the TTFA statutes so that they are compliant with FIFA’s and finally, to organize and execute an election at the end of its stipulated time in charge or at the end of the process, whichever comes first.

Since that communication to the TTFA, FIFA has neither identified a chairman for this committee and its members nor has football’s global governing body stipulated how long will this committee serve, except to say that its stay will not exceed 24 months.

During a recent interview with Guardian Media Sports, Clinton Urling - former chairman of the FIFA Normalisation Committee in Guyana in 2014, said that the aggrieved T&T football administrators are well within their right to take the matter to CAS without fear of reprimand from FIFA.

However, Urling foreshadowed that premise by stating categorically that the position which the local association now finds itself is, “…the point before the same FIFA says ‘you are no longer a part of the FIFA family’ or bans the entire member association.”

End of the road for TTFA

Former FIFA VP Jack Warner backed this up when he stated that the installation of a normalization committee was “the end of the rope” for the TTFA and “the lowest point” for any FIFA member association.

By these pronunciations it seems that the TTFA and T&T’s status among the international football community is hanging by a thread. In fact, one needs only to review a situation which emerged in 2008 leading to the suspension of the Samoa Football Soccer Federation within a matter of eight months of a similar intervention by FIFA to that which the TTFA now faces.

And if there is anyone that can warn the TTFA about the possibility of a suspension from the FIFA family, that person is Warner himself who was a member of the FIFA Emergency Committee which decided on Samoa.

According to a FIFA report which Guardian Media Sports has seen - In 2008, following a joint mission between FIFA and the Oceania Football Confederation into Samoa four months earlier, FIFA attempted to set up a Normalization Committee at the SFSF with the stated objective to “restore the proper administration of football in Samoa.”

Samoa's debt was only US $686,000

At the time, the Samoa Football Soccer Federation (SFSF) was burdened with significant debt, believed to be an estimated $US686,000 and still with the possibility of bulging further if more creditors stepped forward with claims. FIFA determined that this, as well as general mismanagement of the association “endangered not only the association but also FIFA’s Goal Project in Samoa.”

The FIFA Goal Programme provides resources and funding for essential projects so that member associations in developing countries can advance the game of football. – FIFA.com

In what could be interpreted as FIFA acting (in the main) in the interest of protecting its significant investment in the Samoa Goal Project as well as to save the federation from crippling debt, Warner and the rest of FIFA’s Emergency Committee - chaired by former FIFA President, Sepp Blatter and included other former FIFA Executive Committee members, Michel Platini, Issa Hayatou, Mohamed Bin Hammam, Reynald Temarii and Dr Nicolas Leoz – took action.

The similarities between the Samoan Federation and T&T’s are striking, starting with those between the FIFA Goal Programme, instituted by Blatter in 1999 and the FIFA Forward Development Programme adopted in 2016, under which the construction and establishment of the TTFA’s Home of Football has been funded.

FIFA protecting its investment

FIFA Forward is built to provide 360-degree, tailor-made support for football development in each of our member associations and the six confederations and is based on three principles - more investment, more impact, more oversight. The aim is to improve the way we develop and support football across the globe so that football can reach its potential in every single country. – FIFA.com

Despite being declared open under former TTFA president David John-Williams last November, William Wallace and the new TTFA board of Directors elected on November 24, decided to keep the HoF closed. They claim that an audit of the project has uncovered that in addition to the incompletion of necessary works that would bring the facility up to code, there also several outstanding debts to suppliers and contractors who worked on the project.

In Samoa in 2008, creditors threatened to foreclose on the Goal Project as well as to seize certain assets before the FIFA Finance Committee agreed to an exemption to its Financial Assistance Programme rules to allow the SFSF to use FAP funds to pay off outstanding debts.

Moving beyond the financial resemblances, there are also similarities in legal posturing between the SFSF and the TTFA.

However, unlike FIFA’s willingness to bend its FAP rules where finances are a concern, attempting to take them on in the very public glare of the legal arena proved to not such a good idea in the case of Samoa.

Why Samoa was suspended

After FIFA attempted to institute is own remedial measures, then SFSF president Tautulu Roebuck refused to recognize the power of FIFA’s normalization committee and twice tried to take the dispute to a tribunal.

An initial submission in June 2008 to CAS was ordered to be withdrawn due to administrative oversight, but by October, according to an article appearing on the website of Fijian newspaper – Fiji Sun, the FIFA Emergency Committee decided to suspend the SFSF with immediate effect over its non-compliance with the normalization committee.

In November of 2008, Radio New Zealand (RNZ) reported that Samoa’s Sports Tribunal ruled in favour of the normalization committee taking over the affairs of the SFSF. The Tribunal granted the Normalisation Committee full jurisdiction and ordered Roebuck to resign his post and relinquish all Federation files to the Normalisation Committee.

Following Roebuck’s official appeal of these decisions as well as FIFA’s suspension of the SFSF, the Court of Arbitration of sport determined in May 2009, the SFSF president’s “Lack of standing to appeal” relating to the “Validity of a FIFA decision to establish a normalization Committee”.

The Court’s adjudicating panel determined the following:

As for the function of the NC, the federation’s chairman is therefore automatically replaced by the NC and the replaced chairman, as an individual not subject to the FIFA Statutes, therefore cannot appear before CAS in his individual capacity as he lacks standing. The appeal should thus be rejected on these grounds without going into the merits of the case.”

Like Samoa and other member nations before it, the TTFA is well within its right to pursue justice against any perceived wrong-going even if history shows that the outcome might not always be favourable.

Editor's note:

According to TTFA and FIFA documents seen by Guardian Media Sports - During 2012 and 2014 two different groups within the TTFA sought to get FIFA's involvement to remedy concerns that plagued T&T football. The first was a group of players who were aiming to qualify for the 2014 World Cup and sighted several issues among mismanagement and financial concerns that would affect the country's chances of achieving its objective. In the second instance, two vice presidents serving under former President (now deceased) Raymond Tim Kee (Rudolph Thomas and Lennox Watson) requested FIFA's involvement.

The result was that FIFA through its then secretary Jerome Valcke gave the TTFA an ultimatum; to establish an Independent Reform Commission, or; face being reported to the FIFA Emergency Committee for consideration and action, which could have included the appointment of a Normalization Committee.

The reforms committee was set-up and that led to a new constitution which changed the name from the T&T Football Federation (TTFF) to the T&T Football Association (TTFA) and elections which saw David John-Williams elected as the new TTFA President in November 2015.
Title: Much of TTFA, FIFA fallout still shrouded in confusion and contradiction
Post by: Tallman on March 25, 2020, 06:58:44 PM
Opinion: Much of TTFA, FIFA fallout still shrouded in confusion and contradiction
Kwesi Mugisa (digicelsportsmax.com)


Even from a distance, it seems impossible not to gawk at the mangled train wreck that has unfolded at the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association and not be overcome with a sense of bewilderment.

In a press conference earlier this month, then newly elected president William Wallace became the latest in a long line of TTFA bosses to firmly plant allegations of widespread corruption at the feet of the previous tenants.  The new head honcho pointed to unpaid statutory deductions, bounced checks, a faulty finance structure as partial contributors to the body accruing a towering $US7,370,990 (TT$50,000,000).  Wallace also pointed to an incomplete Home of Football in Couva, which he claimed was shown to have structural flaws and lacking proper insurance.

In the midst of the doom and gloom, Wallace then went on to paint a much rosier outlook for the future of the TTFA, after claiming the newly appointed administration had already taken major steps to alleviate some of the issues.  A settlement had been reached with television commentator Selwyn Melville regarding the issue of who owns the ‘Soca Warriors’ (Now famous nickname of the Trinidad and Tobago Men's Senior team)  and the announcement of an unspecified memorandum of understanding that would clear the debt in ‘two to three years’. The president pointed out that the new body had secured a TT$25-million apparel deal, secured a broadcast and digital rights partner, sealed a domestic sponsor and secured a sponsor for the FA.

Good so far, but crucially, Wallace claimed that the work of a pair of accountants posted within his administration’s new internal finance structure satisfied a recent delegation of FIFA and Concacaf officials and that a better relationship could be expected going forward.  The bodies have long been at odds regarding the financial state of the local football body and had delayed its annual subvention.  A little over two weeks later FIFA disbanded the Board of the TTFA and appointed a normalization committee to take over affairs.  What on earth is going on? Nobody has explained to date.

The timing of FIFA's intervention seems strange, deciding to disband a newly formed executive that seems to not only have implemented structural reform but also pledges for financial support. A perceived sense of chumminess with the former administration, whether real or imagined put this in an even worse light and could be a real black eye for a Gianni Infantino-led organisation, which claims to have taken on the mantle of crusaders against corruption.

The response of the former TTFA members is, however, also interesting.

Any claims about a violation of sovereign and democratically elected officials certainly does not fly as when it comes to football the twin-island republic falls directly under the governance of FIFA itself and not the state. In several instances, countries have been suspended from the organisation for violating just that principle. The charter and ordinances that govern all 211 national associations of which T&T are a part, and the particular article that was quoted, gives them the specific right to intervene in the affairs of a member nation.  Normalisation committees are not after all aberrations on the global football landscape with Ghana, Egypt, Pakistan and Namibia among a few of those that have received such ‘assistance’ in recent years. This isn't even the first time this has happened in the Caribbean, with FIFA taking over the Guyana Football Federation and putting in a normalisation committee for a little over a year.

In other words, Caribbean Football Union (CFU) president Randy Harris was right, even if not popular, in pointing out that the appointment of normalisation committees is the prerogative of FIFA and can happen to any of the 211 national associations.  With all members agreeing to and playing under those statues it is difficult to see how it can be argued otherwise.

Secondly, it’s hard to imagine supporting the argument that a measure put in place to mitigate against damage the TTFA has admitted exists, is unfair, and to do so with the question, 'why now?'. FIFA should perhaps have intervened long ago, but few could argue with firefighters attempting to save any part of a house that has been engulfed in flames for a prolonged period. We would not advocate them letting it burn to the ground.

Though they may not be required to, FIFA should, in the interest of the transparency they have long sought, give more details on the specifics of these particular circumstances.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: theworm2345 on March 25, 2020, 07:48:17 PM
I wrote a sort of article/opinion piece a week ago and submitted it to a journalist with a well-known media outlet in T&T.  I did so under my real name as related to my Caribbean football site with a preface explaining my relation to the game in the region -- it appears it was not published, so I thought I'd share it here

Time for the CFU to Grow Some Teeth and Support Ousted TTFA

The date was 13 November 2016, 8:46 PM in Chicago, 10:46 PM in Trinidad and Tobago and Haiti had just beaten St. Kitts and Nevis 2-0 in CFU Caribbean Cup qualification.  The match had finished 0-0 in at the end of normal time, but due to tournament rules stating that there would be no matches could end in a draw, Haiti scored twice in extra time, aided by a red card to their opponents for a moment of absolute madness.  This result left Haiti second in Group 2 of Round 3 of the qualifying competition, with the three best runners up from the four, three-team groups in this round qualifying for a “5th Place Playoff.”  The result left Haiti level with Antigua and Barbuda in their respective groups, each in second place with three points, a goal difference of minus one, Haiti appearing to be occupying the final playoff spot with four goals scored to Antigua’s two. 

Very quickly, however, a question arose about which side should go through – Haiti claiming they should go through by virtue of goals scored, Antigua and Barbuda saying that Haiti’s three points, coming after what normally would have been a 0-0 draw, should have seen the Benna Boys go through.  Messages from people within each country’s Football Association showed that neither was clear about the competition rules or which country should go through.  Messages to organizers at the Caribbean Football Union quickly revealed that no one within the organization was certain of which side should go through.  After days of well-publicized confusion, CFU referred the matter to CONCACAF, who ultimately decided that Haiti would go through.  The most damning aspect of the whole affair was that the CFU had clearly not learned their lesson from the globally-infamous, farcical match between Grenada and Barbados at the same tournament in 1994 -- video of which has been viewed over two million times on YouTube – the CFU being fortunate that the exact situation did not reoccur in 2016 had a team needed to extend play beyond 90 minutes for any reason. 

CONCACAF’s reaction to the absurdity was swift -- though there is evidence their subsequent actions were already planned.  In March 2017, they opened an office in Jamaica and quickly took control of all of the region’s competitions.  Gone were the CFU Caribbean Cup and CFU Club Championship, to be replaced by the CONCACAF-backed Nations League, Caribbean Club Championship, and Caribbean Shield.  After this power move, the Caribbean Football Union, for all intents and purposes, faded to oblivion.

The merits of CONCACAF’s complete takeover of football in the region are debatable.  Without question, the CFU following the 2011 corruption scandal, was at a low ebb.  After a landmark partnership with Digicel for the 2006-2010 Caribbean Championships/Caribbean Cups which saw massive local promotion of the tournament, as well as highlights packages and live matches broadcast around the world, subsequent tournaments were poorly covered both locally and internationally and, as demonstrated, poorly organized.  With the region’s hegemon, Jack Warner, removed from power, along with his acolytes throughout FAs in the region, a relative power vacuum saw the region begin to drift listlessly. Without doubt, many would point out that CONCACAF’s Nations League has been a positive move for football in the Caribbean, with 100% participation from all member FAs a big improvement on past tournaments, when many national teams often went years without playing so much as an international friendly. 

While the Nations League has been an improvement, at least on the pitch, fundamental problems persist throughout the Caribbean.  On a personal level, I have been very vocal in my criticisms of top-level football governance, with a few notable exceptions who I would not want to tar with this broad brush, of FAs across the Caribbean.  (I must categorically state that this is not a criticism of the people working, often in volunteer roles, in the everyday operations of FAs and football in the region).  To lay bare here the laundry list of fundamental ways that the game across the region must be handled more professionally in order to progress would be unproductive and would likely require another lengthy article.  Progress on basic aspects of the game is well within reach for many FAs – indeed, it has already been seen in some corners -- and in many cases would not be very difficult to attain, but to do so would require upsetting the status quo, which many are not willing to do.  It is my belief that, if the region, or even an individual FA, is to make any positive strides forward, it must do so under its own impetus. 
As such, until Tuesday, my biggest criticisms of the past two Concacaf regimes in relation to Caribbean football, would have been their general apathy toward promoting the game in region.  This was perhaps best-evidenced at the Caribbean Shield competition, a second-tier international club tournament featuring the non-professional domestic clubs in the region.  For the last two editions of the Shield, Concacaf has featured little-to-zero coverage on their website in terms of match reports or match data, and what little there has been has been rife with errors, such as incorrect results or players being given as playing for the wrong team.  Media coverage such as live streaming of matches or even live updates from matches has been non-existent from Concacaf, despite the fact that at least one broadcaster confirmed that they had offered to stream these matches.  For these players, the amateur and semi-professionals who are in the most dire need of exposure, the Shield has been a major failure on Concacaf’s part.  Even on the most-laudable aspects of Concacaf’s changes, there was cause for eye-rolling, such as when the ignorant commentators on the Nations League broadcasts would, amongst other basic errors, mispronounce the names of the teams playing (e.g. “an-geel-lah”, “ant-teeg-gwah and bar-boo-dah”, “gwah-duh-loo-pay”, “duh-min-ick-cah”, etc.).  These sorts of issues -- which now pervade Concacaf’s coverage of the game in the region, yet had been rendered largely non-existent in Caribbean football until the aforementioned 2011 corruption scandal occurred -- could perhaps have been written off as pedantic or punctilious given other far larger positive strides, such as the aforementioned Nations League.

This all changed on Tuesday with FIFA’s announcement that, in conjunction with Concacaf, the new, William Wallace-led TTFA executive had been ousted in favor of a FIFA-selected normalisation committee.  In general, I am not against FIFA’s intervention in the region.  In fact, I welcomed their decision to intervene against the deeply corrupt, Osiris Guzman-run FA in the Dominican Republic in 2018 with open arms.  However, the blatant imperialistic overtones and clearly unethical aspects of this decision against the TTFA were laid bare in the media almost immediately and do not bear repeating here.  The most galling aspect of this decision was that the William Wallace-led TTFA, after only three months, had been a bright spot in Caribbean football, namely with their push for the transparency and accountability that have been so badly lacking in both Trinidad and Tobago as well as most other FAs across the region.  Another clear difference between this case and the aforementioned Dominican Republic case, was the massive difference in local public opinion about the respective FAs.  As someone who had already become disillusioned with the poor governance of the game in the region, for this decision to be taken against a new FA that was taking positive, almost unheard of, steps towards progress was unconscionable.

It is with the above in mind that I would call on the 30 remaining member FAs of the Caribbean Football Union to unite behind the ousted TTFA administration as they take their case against FIFA to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.  Without question, I would understand that there might be hesitancy from individual FAs to “upset the apple cart” in view of their own interests in relation to Concacaf and FIFA.  To be one of the possibly-few to stick their head above the parapet would be a risk that I have no doubt many, all being well, would rather not make.  With that in mind, a strong, reunited CFU would leave the organization with 31 Concacaf members – a large majority in the region – and 25 FIFA members, which would be a force to be reckoned with as far as the global governing body is concerned.  If the CFU were successful with such an action, it could then begin to chart their own course forward without fear of bullying from their “big brothers” at Concacaf and FIFA – and would also help protect themselves from similar action in the future.  For the sake of football in Trinidad and Tobago, as well as the Caribbean as a whole, I hope the CFU will do so.


Title: Opinion: FIFA article 8.2 promotes bullying
Post by: Tallman on March 25, 2020, 09:03:58 PM
Opinion: FIFA article 8.2 promotes bullying
By Paul-Andre Walker (digicelsportsmax.com)


The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is the most powerful sporting body in the world and it should be.

FIFA is in control of 211 football associations throughout the world, in a sport that is the most popular and profitable on the globe.

However, the association hasn’t always used that power in the most judicious ways and recently went through a harrowing couple of years with evidence of widespread corruption beating down on its reputation.

Many bans and jail sentences later, FIFA has tried to change its image with new, progressive bosses with a more inclusive management style.

But, in truth, FIFA is a fiefdom and that was made very clear in the events in Trinidad and Tobago over the last week.

The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association’s (TTFA) board does not exist anymore and its president, scratch that, former president, looks set for a lengthy legal battle to change that.

I do not want to get into the who is right and who is wrong, even though there are questions FIFA should answer.

Here are the facts as we know them.

An arm of FIFA called the Bureau of the FIFA Council investigated the financial affairs of the TTFA, which had just gone through the process of electing a new president in William Wallace just over three months before.

According to the council’s findings, the TTFA was in bad shape financially, so bad, that it risked the possibility of insolvency if the situation were not arrested.

Further, the council says it found that there was no plan to assuage the situation, leading it to replace the TTFA’s board with a normalization committee that would be in place for a maximum of two years after which it would hold elections to create a new board with its own mandate.

On an interim basis, FIFA installed former TTFA Finance Manager Tyril Patrick to oversee the day-to-day activities of the organization before the normalization committee could be properly vetted, organized and begin to work.

According to FIFA, that normalization committee would be given a mandate to:
1. Run the TTFA’s daily affairs;
2. Establish a debt repayment plan that is implementable by the TTFA;
3. Review and amend the TTFA Statutes (and other regulations where necessary) and to ensure their compliance with the FIFA Statutes and requirements before duly submitting them for approval to the TTFA Congress;
4. Organise and conduct elections of a new TTFA executive committee for a four-year mandate.
 
But today, the TTFA has no direction as interim boss, Patrick, declined the position after lawyers for Wallace wrote to him, calling his appointment illegal, or at the very least unconstitutional.

In fact, the former TTFA boss has not taken his ousting lying down and is contemplating taking his grouses to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, pointing out that FIFA has ignored his plans to get the TTFA out of debt and is claiming prejudice against his administration, pointing first up to the timing of the ‘coup d’etat’ and the implications of a friendship with the TTFA’s previous boss, as well as inconsistencies regarding a FIFA-TTFA joint project dubbed ‘The Home of Football’.   

I won’t look at any of that, however. I am more interested in the entrenched laws that allow FIFA to make a decision of this nature.

Caribbean Football Union (CFU) president, Randy Harris sympathises with the ousted TTFA administration but believes FIFA well within their rights to install a normalization committee.

Harris is right because of article 8.2 of the FIFA statute.

Article 8.2 states: ‘Executive bodies of member associations may under exceptional circumstances be removed from office by the Council in consultation with the relevant confederation and replaced by a normalisation committee for a specific period of time’.

It is here that I have a problem though.

I suppose, FIFA, as arbiters of the sport, must have in its bylaws, appropriate actions to ensure the continued growth of the sport throughout the world, but I find this article distasteful.

The article admits that the council is removing an ‘Executive’ body which has been duly elected by administrators of the sport within a country. This means, FIFA is saying it reserves the right to ignore the democracy of an entity when it has a mind to do so.

I say ‘has a mind’, because it is the council who decides what is an ‘exceptional circumstance’ and in this instance, it very well might be. But the fact that it is FIFA making this judgement, is problematic.

Each Member Association has elections and it is there that they decide if the fate of their organization can be managed by its leaders. It should certainly not be as easy as it was for FIFA to overturn that decision.

It means, in essence, if a Member Association does not operate its own affairs just the way FIFA says it should, and each country has a different set of circumstances to deal with that could mean varying ways of operating such affairs, then you could find that you have no say.

Harris pointed to this fact in a radio interview with Trinidad and Tobago’s i955 FM’s ISports radio, saying “The Trinidad and Tobago FA has found itself in a sad situation which all of us in the Caribbean could be in tomorrow.”

Therein lies my problem. This particular ‘takeover’ may very well be warranted with the TTFA in debt to the tune of TT$50 million, the question is, who decides this, and how can it be that ‘little’ Member Associations have no say in deciding whether or not they need outside help?
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: pull stones on March 25, 2020, 09:55:18 PM
what if the government was to absolve this debt, would it be accepted by fifa or could it be perceived as government tampering? and if not, would fifa accept such an intervention and remove their measures on the TTFA?
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Controversial on March 26, 2020, 12:07:43 AM
what if the government was to absolve this debt, would it be accepted by fifa or could it be perceived as government tampering? and if not, would fifa accept such an intervention and remove their measures on the TTFA?

I suggested this a while back but people said why should the govt bail them out... I’m like because it impacts the nation in a positive manner...

Now you will get pnm saying, oil is plummeting so we don’t have the money to help football but even when oil was high it’s the same excuse.. at least Wallace and Ramdhan was much more transparent than previous admins and could have been trusted to bail out football for the betterment of our society

It wouldn’t be considered tampering if they inject it into football directly and monitor payments with no direct control over it.. but then you have to ask yourself, Rowley was there when infantino visited and was neck and neck... I wouldn’t put it past them that the govt is also complicit as well and have sold out
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Controversial on March 26, 2020, 12:19:23 AM
TTFA must be normalized, if not now, when?
By Andre E Baptiste (Guardian).


Normal has become abnormal in these times for the world. There are many in this world currently that believe that abnormal is the new normal and in this context, I am not talking about person’s behaviour, integrity or beliefs but rather the abstract opposite that defines a country and in some cases a sport, a constitution and the organization charged with the responsibility to manage such.

The announcement on March 17 by FIFA that it is sending a Normalization committee to this country has sent shockwaves to all if not most but the question is - Should we be surprised?.

There may be at least six other sports in this country that require some intervention.

The facts are that Football is the most popular sport in this country while remaining not the most successful given only one Senior Men’s World Cup qualification in 2005 for the 2006 World Cup. However, if you do not measure success on World qualification events both for men and women then football is a success because it is the sport in this country for which nearly all citizens would have participated in at one time or the other at any age-group level. This, therefore, dictates that it is critical in every which way to this country.

Therefore, history will dictate that after 2006, the senior men’s team lost its way through the corridors and offices of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) and has not recovered since. In 2014 our senior women footballers inspired by a team spirit and drive from all involved from administration to coach to the captain to players to supporters and even among our latent doubters (that “L” word again) overcame one obstacle after another to just fall short at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on tears filled night on December 2.

After that loss and disappointment, Many felt the hammer of Fifa was coming thereafter but wisely a change in the constitution to allow the one club vote system based on the recommendation by an elite group of T&T citizens (willing to volunteer time and energy for no financial reward) may have bought the Raymond Tim Kee administration some time, it was finally ratified in July 2015 but then later in 2015, Tim Kee’s new policy unlocked the door to democratic elections, as it should always be in any organization.

And In came David John-Williams whose style after the election rubbed some the wrong way. Perhaps he did not trust those around him, Perhaps they did not trust him but sadly for all, under the new dispensation of the TTFA everyone had a voice, each person could speak and even if not heard by dissenting voices, the advent of social media and political one-upmanship meant their views would be made public somewhere else, over time it would become toxic. John-Williams believed in his idea because he was a football man, rich in the history of the Pro League with W Connection and willing to invest his money where his mouth is. And Fifa all this time lurking in the background would have again taken note and sharpen their pencils after all this was T&T the country of Austin” Jack “ Warner, a man they now despised because of what they believed he had done to them (interestingly not for them).

As well a change in the leadership of FIFA, with Giovanni Infantino seeking out and getting John- Williams support in his FIFA presidency would have made the FIFA internal thrust to move in on T&T, possibly get a stay of execution. Infantino was elected President of FIFA in February 2016.

Thus until November 2019 when the Home of football was opened, all Normalization thoughts and talks were averted or discontinued. So like Tim Kee, John-Williams had avoided the hammer by not only mere strategy but also I suggest by listening to advice from others.

William Wallace wins in 2019 in a competitive but fair election on the backdrop of not only change but also ideas and promises as well.

The country is ready and waiting, but not for what comes next, after several logical proposals for new staffing and roles, comes the thought that there is no money to fund such. Where are the FIFA money, the FIFA support, and the FIFA grant?

FIFA’s handle though was over, they were no longer directly involved, not visiting, not checking the facility, not checking the payments, not readily in discussion with the TTFA and that was now going to be a concern. But the question has to be - Why should it? This was a facility that was to be an income generator eventually through the hotel and a planned income generator entertainment centre as well, like football fields to rent or lease out. But that never materialize because of questions raised by the newly appointed team on the facility and eventually the publicly endorsed closure of the reported $2 million US facility.

FIFA’s rationale for implementing the Normalization committee has been questioned in light of the words expressed on my programme by President Wallace and the General Secretary Ramdhan and the apparent assurances given to both by Fifa officials just over three weeks ago. Just as I told both men, they needed to get those thoughts and opinions in writing because at this stage they mean little.

Ramdhan shoots from the hip and talks from the heart, they are a good pair at times, because they are both passionate but again in this football environment that is Trinidad and Tobago where egos exist, there are always people trying to shut you down for your beliefs because it was not theirs.

The days of just rolling in and expecting no questions are gone. Communication works both ways and not just one alone. There is a sense that Wallace and Ramdhan may want what is best for our football and so too did John-Williams and Tim Kee but the difference may just be how each proceeded in this regard and also who was in charge of Fifa at the time. Tim Kee was the President during the rough days of Fifa investigation and changing of the guards while John-Williams supported the incumbent.

Sadly both Wallace and Ramdhan missed the opportunity to stake their intentions and claims personally with both the President of FIFA and CONCACAF in November

Lastly, FIFA in this environment will find it difficult to select persons who will be able to withstand what may come next one way or the other unless they can get the – buy-in – of the public by themselves being open and transparent with all the information in their possession. It is the only way forward and let our hopes they realize that before Trinidad and Tobago pay the ultimate price. It may also be extremely difficult to convince professionals of FIFA way unless they can explicitly detail their findings and objectives and not hide behind innuendos. It may be asking a lot of them, but we the people of this country – deserve no less than that.



Baptiste has officially sold out... extremely disappointing ...
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Controversial on March 26, 2020, 12:21:48 AM
I wrote a sort of article/opinion piece a week ago and submitted it to a journalist with a well-known media outlet in T&T.  I did so under my real name as related to my Caribbean football site with a preface explaining my relation to the game in the region -- it appears it was not published, so I thought I'd share it here

Time for the CFU to Grow Some Teeth and Support Ousted TTFA

The date was 13 November 2016, 8:46 PM in Chicago, 10:46 PM in Trinidad and Tobago and Haiti had just beaten St. Kitts and Nevis 2-0 in CFU Caribbean Cup qualification.  The match had finished 0-0 in at the end of normal time, but due to tournament rules stating that there would be no matches could end in a draw, Haiti scored twice in extra time, aided by a red card to their opponents for a moment of absolute madness.  This result left Haiti second in Group 2 of Round 3 of the qualifying competition, with the three best runners up from the four, three-team groups in this round qualifying for a “5th Place Playoff.”  The result left Haiti level with Antigua and Barbuda in their respective groups, each in second place with three points, a goal difference of minus one, Haiti appearing to be occupying the final playoff spot with four goals scored to Antigua’s two. 

Very quickly, however, a question arose about which side should go through – Haiti claiming they should go through by virtue of goals scored, Antigua and Barbuda saying that Haiti’s three points, coming after what normally would have been a 0-0 draw, should have seen the Benna Boys go through.  Messages from people within each country’s Football Association showed that neither was clear about the competition rules or which country should go through.  Messages to organizers at the Caribbean Football Union quickly revealed that no one within the organization was certain of which side should go through.  After days of well-publicized confusion, CFU referred the matter to CONCACAF, who ultimately decided that Haiti would go through.  The most damning aspect of the whole affair was that the CFU had clearly not learned their lesson from the globally-infamous, farcical match between Grenada and Barbados at the same tournament in 1994 -- video of which has been viewed over two million times on YouTube – the CFU being fortunate that the exact situation did not reoccur in 2016 had a team needed to extend play beyond 90 minutes for any reason. 

CONCACAF’s reaction to the absurdity was swift -- though there is evidence their subsequent actions were already planned.  In March 2017, they opened an office in Jamaica and quickly took control of all of the region’s competitions.  Gone were the CFU Caribbean Cup and CFU Club Championship, to be replaced by the CONCACAF-backed Nations League, Caribbean Club Championship, and Caribbean Shield.  After this power move, the Caribbean Football Union, for all intents and purposes, faded to oblivion.

The merits of CONCACAF’s complete takeover of football in the region are debatable.  Without question, the CFU following the 2011 corruption scandal, was at a low ebb.  After a landmark partnership with Digicel for the 2006-2010 Caribbean Championships/Caribbean Cups which saw massive local promotion of the tournament, as well as highlights packages and live matches broadcast around the world, subsequent tournaments were poorly covered both locally and internationally and, as demonstrated, poorly organized.  With the region’s hegemon, Jack Warner, removed from power, along with his acolytes throughout FAs in the region, a relative power vacuum saw the region begin to drift listlessly. Without doubt, many would point out that CONCACAF’s Nations League has been a positive move for football in the Caribbean, with 100% participation from all member FAs a big improvement on past tournaments, when many national teams often went years without playing so much as an international friendly. 

While the Nations League has been an improvement, at least on the pitch, fundamental problems persist throughout the Caribbean.  On a personal level, I have been very vocal in my criticisms of top-level football governance, with a few notable exceptions who I would not want to tar with this broad brush, of FAs across the Caribbean.  (I must categorically state that this is not a criticism of the people working, often in volunteer roles, in the everyday operations of FAs and football in the region).  To lay bare here the laundry list of fundamental ways that the game across the region must be handled more professionally in order to progress would be unproductive and would likely require another lengthy article.  Progress on basic aspects of the game is well within reach for many FAs – indeed, it has already been seen in some corners -- and in many cases would not be very difficult to attain, but to do so would require upsetting the status quo, which many are not willing to do.  It is my belief that, if the region, or even an individual FA, is to make any positive strides forward, it must do so under its own impetus. 
As such, until Tuesday, my biggest criticisms of the past two Concacaf regimes in relation to Caribbean football, would have been their general apathy toward promoting the game in region.  This was perhaps best-evidenced at the Caribbean Shield competition, a second-tier international club tournament featuring the non-professional domestic clubs in the region.  For the last two editions of the Shield, Concacaf has featured little-to-zero coverage on their website in terms of match reports or match data, and what little there has been has been rife with errors, such as incorrect results or players being given as playing for the wrong team.  Media coverage such as live streaming of matches or even live updates from matches has been non-existent from Concacaf, despite the fact that at least one broadcaster confirmed that they had offered to stream these matches.  For these players, the amateur and semi-professionals who are in the most dire need of exposure, the Shield has been a major failure on Concacaf’s part.  Even on the most-laudable aspects of Concacaf’s changes, there was cause for eye-rolling, such as when the ignorant commentators on the Nations League broadcasts would, amongst other basic errors, mispronounce the names of the teams playing (e.g. “an-geel-lah”, “ant-teeg-gwah and bar-boo-dah”, “gwah-duh-loo-pay”, “duh-min-ick-cah”, etc.).  These sorts of issues -- which now pervade Concacaf’s coverage of the game in the region, yet had been rendered largely non-existent in Caribbean football until the aforementioned 2011 corruption scandal occurred -- could perhaps have been written off as pedantic or punctilious given other far larger positive strides, such as the aforementioned Nations League.

This all changed on Tuesday with FIFA’s announcement that, in conjunction with Concacaf, the new, William Wallace-led TTFA executive had been ousted in favor of a FIFA-selected normalisation committee.  In general, I am not against FIFA’s intervention in the region.  In fact, I welcomed their decision to intervene against the deeply corrupt, Osiris Guzman-run FA in the Dominican Republic in 2018 with open arms.  However, the blatant imperialistic overtones and clearly unethical aspects of this decision against the TTFA were laid bare in the media almost immediately and do not bear repeating here.  The most galling aspect of this decision was that the William Wallace-led TTFA, after only three months, had been a bright spot in Caribbean football, namely with their push for the transparency and accountability that have been so badly lacking in both Trinidad and Tobago as well as most other FAs across the region.  Another clear difference between this case and the aforementioned Dominican Republic case, was the massive difference in local public opinion about the respective FAs.  As someone who had already become disillusioned with the poor governance of the game in the region, for this decision to be taken against a new FA that was taking positive, almost unheard of, steps towards progress was unconscionable.

It is with the above in mind that I would call on the 30 remaining member FAs of the Caribbean Football Union to unite behind the ousted TTFA administration as they take their case against FIFA to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.  Without question, I would understand that there might be hesitancy from individual FAs to “upset the apple cart” in view of their own interests in relation to Concacaf and FIFA.  To be one of the possibly-few to stick their head above the parapet would be a risk that I have no doubt many, all being well, would rather not make.  With that in mind, a strong, reunited CFU would leave the organization with 31 Concacaf members – a large majority in the region – and 25 FIFA members, which would be a force to be reckoned with as far as the global governing body is concerned.  If the CFU were successful with such an action, it could then begin to chart their own course forward without fear of bullying from their “big brothers” at Concacaf and FIFA – and would also help protect themselves from similar action in the future.  For the sake of football in Trinidad and Tobago, as well as the Caribbean as a whole, I hope the CFU will do so.




Nice article  :beermug: informative

I would add that our corrupt govts have added to our plight and have not contributed to sport and football to help us get rid of these parasites bc they themselves are also parasites
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Controversial on March 26, 2020, 12:28:49 AM
Opinion: FIFA article 8.2 promotes bullying
By Paul-Andre Walker (digicelsportsmax.com)


The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is the most powerful sporting body in the world and it should be.

FIFA is in control of 211 football associations throughout the world, in a sport that is the most popular and profitable on the globe.

However, the association hasn’t always used that power in the most judicious ways and recently went through a harrowing couple of years with evidence of widespread corruption beating down on its reputation.

Many bans and jail sentences later, FIFA has tried to change its image with new, progressive bosses with a more inclusive management style.

But, in truth, FIFA is a fiefdom and that was made very clear in the events in Trinidad and Tobago over the last week.

The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association’s (TTFA) board does not exist anymore and its president, scratch that, former president, looks set for a lengthy legal battle to change that.

I do not want to get into the who is right and who is wrong, even though there are questions FIFA should answer.

Here are the facts as we know them.

An arm of FIFA called the Bureau of the FIFA Council investigated the financial affairs of the TTFA, which had just gone through the process of electing a new president in William Wallace just over three months before.

According to the council’s findings, the TTFA was in bad shape financially, so bad, that it risked the possibility of insolvency if the situation were not arrested.

Further, the council says it found that there was no plan to assuage the situation, leading it to replace the TTFA’s board with a normalization committee that would be in place for a maximum of two years after which it would hold elections to create a new board with its own mandate.

On an interim basis, FIFA installed former TTFA Finance Manager Tyril Patrick to oversee the day-to-day activities of the organization before the normalization committee could be properly vetted, organized and begin to work.

According to FIFA, that normalization committee would be given a mandate to:
1. Run the TTFA’s daily affairs;
2. Establish a debt repayment plan that is implementable by the TTFA;
3. Review and amend the TTFA Statutes (and other regulations where necessary) and to ensure their compliance with the FIFA Statutes and requirements before duly submitting them for approval to the TTFA Congress;
4. Organise and conduct elections of a new TTFA executive committee for a four-year mandate.
 
But today, the TTFA has no direction as interim boss, Patrick, declined the position after lawyers for Wallace wrote to him, calling his appointment illegal, or at the very least unconstitutional.

In fact, the former TTFA boss has not taken his ousting lying down and is contemplating taking his grouses to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, pointing out that FIFA has ignored his plans to get the TTFA out of debt and is claiming prejudice against his administration, pointing first up to the timing of the ‘coup d’etat’ and the implications of a friendship with the TTFA’s previous boss, as well as inconsistencies regarding a FIFA-TTFA joint project dubbed ‘The Home of Football’.   

I won’t look at any of that, however. I am more interested in the entrenched laws that allow FIFA to make a decision of this nature.

Caribbean Football Union (CFU) president, Randy Harris sympathises with the ousted TTFA administration but believes FIFA well within their rights to install a normalization committee.

Harris is right because of article 8.2 of the FIFA statute.

Article 8.2 states: ‘Executive bodies of member associations may under exceptional circumstances be removed from office by the Council in consultation with the relevant confederation and replaced by a normalisation committee for a specific period of time’.

It is here that I have a problem though.

I suppose, FIFA, as arbiters of the sport, must have in its bylaws, appropriate actions to ensure the continued growth of the sport throughout the world, but I find this article distasteful.

The article admits that the council is removing an ‘Executive’ body which has been duly elected by administrators of the sport within a country. This means, FIFA is saying it reserves the right to ignore the democracy of an entity when it has a mind to do so.

I say ‘has a mind’, because it is the council who decides what is an ‘exceptional circumstance’ and in this instance, it very well might be. But the fact that it is FIFA making this judgement, is problematic.

Each Member Association has elections and it is there that they decide if the fate of their organization can be managed by its leaders. It should certainly not be as easy as it was for FIFA to overturn that decision.

It means, in essence, if a Member Association does not operate its own affairs just the way FIFA says it should, and each country has a different set of circumstances to deal with that could mean varying ways of operating such affairs, then you could find that you have no say.

Harris pointed to this fact in a radio interview with Trinidad and Tobago’s i955 FM’s ISports radio, saying “The Trinidad and Tobago FA has found itself in a sad situation which all of us in the Caribbean could be in tomorrow.”

Therein lies my problem. This particular ‘takeover’ may very well be warranted with the TTFA in debt to the tune of TT$50 million, the question is, who decides this, and how can it be that ‘little’ Member Associations have no say in deciding whether or not they need outside help?

You can’t just ignore a lot of facts and just state they are right lol that’s BS

He’s not taking into context so many factors
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Controversial on March 26, 2020, 12:32:59 AM
The unmasking of Andre Baptiste,  is it?

The unmasking of many
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: pull stones on March 26, 2020, 02:43:13 AM
what if the government was to absolve this debt, would it be accepted by fifa or could it be perceived as government tampering? and if not, would fifa accept such an intervention and remove their measures on the TTFA?

I suggested this a while back but people said why should the govt bail them out... I’m like because it impacts the nation in a positive manner...

Now you will get pnm saying, oil is plummeting so we don’t have the money to help football but even when oil was high it’s the same excuse.. at least Wallace and Ramdhan was much more transparent than previous admins and could have been trusted to bail out football for the betterment of our society

It wouldn’t be considered tampering if they inject it into football directly and monitor payments with no direct control over it.. but then you have to ask yourself, Rowley was there when infantino visited and was neck and neck... I wouldn’t put it past them that the govt is also complicit as well and have sold out
listen mate I’m not going to get into the political ping pong with you but i certainly disagree with the notion that the the prime minister had any hand in this nonsense, especially when he called out infantino when he made his speech at the opening of the home of football, even I was embarrassed when rowley went on to say that fifa was a mafia and initially he was very skeptical about getting involved in the project, and he would reserve all judgement until later.

from my position, dr rowley is a straight shooter who speaks his mind and it showed when he had no reservations in telling the big boss infantino how he felt about fifa and was pulling no punches in that regard. as for the government paying this debt off, it’s not a pnm or unc thing, it all depends on if it’s legal and would it be supported by the tax payers themselves.

it’s an election year, and with this virus eating away at the worlds economy and oil prices at an all time low, this might be the worst time to even think about parting with funds for insignificant ventures. remember how patrick manning was reviled for giving the World Cup players a million each?
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on March 26, 2020, 06:43:13 AM
https://www.youtube.com/v/dgDxvaCsZMI

A man might be bowling outside the offstump without being especially wide of the mark.

Both ah allyuh should consider that neither of you is necessarily  particularly right or particularly wrong conceptually.

As an imaginary Yardman once said: "Cho, smaddy fi dead but oonoo ah kill de wrong smaddy."

Or was it?

"Ooonoo ah kill de wrong settah people, but cho smaddy fi  dead."

Similar, but not the same.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: theworm2345 on March 26, 2020, 06:53:07 AM

Nice article  :beermug: informative

I would add that our corrupt govts have added to our plight and have not contributed to sport and football to help us get rid of these parasites bc they themselves are also parasites
Thanks.  I actually cleaned up the article a lot so as to seem professional and not completely just call out the FA Presidents across the region for being corrupt and only wanting to promote in their own self-interests.  I also wouldn't have used "teeth" in the title, but as I believed it was going to be published, I cleaned that up too
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Controversial on March 26, 2020, 01:50:41 PM
what if the government was to absolve this debt, would it be accepted by fifa or could it be perceived as government tampering? and if not, would fifa accept such an intervention and remove their measures on the TTFA?

I suggested this a while back but people said why should the govt bail them out... I’m like because it impacts the nation in a positive manner...

Now you will get pnm saying, oil is plummeting so we don’t have the money to help football but even when oil was high it’s the same excuse.. at least Wallace and Ramdhan was much more transparent than previous admins and could have been trusted to bail out football for the betterment of our society

It wouldn’t be considered tampering if they inject it into football directly and monitor payments with no direct control over it.. but then you have to ask yourself, Rowley was there when infantino visited and was neck and neck... I wouldn’t put it past them that the govt is also complicit as well and have sold out
listen mate I’m not going to get into the political ping pong with you but i certainly disagree with the notion that the the prime minister had any hand in this nonsense, especially when he called out infantino when he made his speech at the opening of the home of football, even I was embarrassed when rowley went on to say that fifa was a mafia and initially he was very skeptical about getting involved in the project, and he would reserve all judgement until later.

from my position, dr rowley is a straight shooter who speaks his mind and it showed when he had no reservations in telling the big boss infantino how he felt about fifa and was pulling no punches in that regard. as for the government paying this debt off, it’s not a pnm or unc thing, it all depends on if it’s legal and would it be supported by the tax payers themselves.

it’s an election year, and with this virus eating away at the worlds economy and oil prices at an all time low, this might be the worst time to even think about parting with funds for insignificant ventures. remember how patrick manning was reviled for giving the World Cup players a million each?

Patos did the right thing but should have done that for other sectors of society as well..

Rowley even if he had the money to allocate he wouldn’t bail them out, he’s a part of that old corrupt system.. he can throw words to make himself look like the greater person when in fact that’s to throw people off... when collusion is concerned you have certain people that will pretend to be against their friend to not let on they are complicit, it’s deception

The real test is when the economy rebounds and the dust settles, will the govt do the right thing, I doubt it, 6 decades and they haven’t
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: maxg on March 26, 2020, 02:37:45 PM
No way I as a citizen of TT will endorse throwing AWAY that can of money behind football at any time. And health care, job rate, crime/police/prison and a whole lot of ppl and issues require funding and in a mess. At all. The world we live in might be round but don’t mean we must kick ppl around for football. How many ppl on Ntl teams affected, Fifa could hall they European based mc. They can’t stop us from playing football no how, no where. The TTFA and Ntl football can be helped, yet there is greater more critical injuries that require attention. That will be so for awhile, a generation, maybe more.
So if that is a criteria to measure corruption. Your measurements gon be way off for awhile. Best yuh dun with football and devote the rest of yuh life to making music for BTB. Definitely more successes there and more good for yuh ppl too .
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Sam on March 26, 2020, 02:52:03 PM
Coming to think about it, if I was Wallace, I woulda walk away, f00ck FIFA and T&T football, too much to fix.

Jack Warner shot T&T down and David John Williams made sure we dead and then bury we.

Wallace and Keith, cut allyuh losses unless allyuh sure this could be fix in 4 years.

Ah was finally falling back in love with T&T football under Wallace, now this.

This is FIFA problem now, they feel they could fix it.

Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: maxg on March 26, 2020, 03:29:39 PM
Nov 2019 to Now. In 4 mths the newly Elected cause all this damage?  Fifa couldn't see the damage before, even when it was pointed out to them. The man show them a nice gift wrapped cardboard box and he Boss call it the Center of the world of football. TT, with we litlle struggling football economy. We must really be chupidee. The government couldn't inspect, audit or get involved in anyway, but yet they gave, and still man bringing them up on charges. Do let dem FIFA conquistadors tie up yuh brain. The new bauble is seeing yuhself in the Media, and that's when yuh know yuh achieve and reach ? Really ? If that's the case, it means many don't even realize what's the true beauty of what our strengths and Culture was.

https://pixel.facebook.com/OPMTT/videos/vb.154758538210003/562609554550193/?type=2&theater

An attempt is being made to control us, and we arguing if we should give in. Rowley talked of management and mismanagement, maybe he already knew, but couldn't get involved, maybe he went on history, he couldn't see the future at that time. So how the controllers didn't see that history then. Of course they did, they helped make it. Now all of a sudden 4 mths later is an issue. If they don't do the right thing by us, let them rock so.

Meanwhile we TT (government and ppl) currently in Dire Straits, we done give them we money and we land, and them want to come and normalize that  -  ;D  Just reminded me of ' Money for Nothing; song
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: pull stones on March 26, 2020, 10:13:06 PM
what if the government was to absolve this debt, would it be accepted by fifa or could it be perceived as government tampering? and if not, would fifa accept such an intervention and remove their measures on the TTFA?

I suggested this a while back but people said why should the govt bail them out... I’m like because it impacts the nation in a positive manner...

Now you will get pnm saying, oil is plummeting so we don’t have the money to help football but even when oil was high it’s the same excuse.. at least Wallace and Ramdhan was much more transparent than previous admins and could have been trusted to bail out football for the betterment of our society

It wouldn’t be considered tampering if they inject it into football directly and monitor payments with no direct control over it.. but then you have to ask yourself, Rowley was there when infantino visited and was neck and neck... I wouldn’t put it past them that the govt is also complicit as well and have sold out
listen mate I’m not going to get into the political ping pong with you but i certainly disagree with the notion that the the prime minister had any hand in this nonsense, especially when he called out infantino when he made his speech at the opening of the home of football, even I was embarrassed when rowley went on to say that fifa was a mafia and initially he was very skeptical about getting involved in the project, and he would reserve all judgement until later.

from my position, dr rowley is a straight shooter who speaks his mind and it showed when he had no reservations in telling the big boss infantino how he felt about fifa and was pulling no punches in that regard. as for the government paying this debt off, it’s not a pnm or unc thing, it all depends on if it’s legal and would it be supported by the tax payers themselves.

it’s an election year, and with this virus eating away at the worlds economy and oil prices at an all time low, this might be the worst time to even think about parting with funds for insignificant ventures. remember how patrick manning was reviled for giving the World Cup players a million each?

Patos did the right thing but should have done that for other sectors of society as well..

Rowley even if he had the money to allocate he wouldn’t bail them out, he’s a part of that old corrupt system.. he can throw words to make himself look like the greater person when in fact that’s to throw people off... when collusion is concerned you have certain people that will pretend to be against their friend to not let on they are complicit, it’s deception

The real test is when the economy rebounds and the dust settles, will the govt do the right thing, I doubt it, 6 decades and they haven’t
come on mate i'm not even going there with you. i only recently started going to trinidad for lengthy periods and i don't know much about the politicians and their conduct. as it stands i kind of get a anti pnm vibe from you and i not in that. had too many of that vibe as a boy with my grandparents and their politically adversarial neighbors.

and another thing, you seem to have good ideas but sometimes your delivery is very aggressive and far fetched. and to include dr rowley with DJW and gianni infantino is nonsensical and ludicrous mate. that man ain't got nothing to gain by involving himself with this horseshit.

if you hate the man on a personal level then fine, keith rowley means nothing to me that i have to defend his honor, but from the little i know of the man, i think you are way off in your judgement of him, and knowing human nature so well, i believe in my heart that this man is a no nonsense bloke who will not involve himself with these unscrupulous people. shame on you contro, you went too far now. just when i started respecting you, and there you go again with the lunacy.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: pull stones on March 26, 2020, 10:22:45 PM
what if the government was to absolve this debt, would it be accepted by fifa or could it be perceived as government tampering? and if not, would fifa accept such an intervention and remove their measures on the TTFA?

I suggested this a while back but people said why should the govt bail them out... I’m like because it impacts the nation in a positive manner...

Now you will get pnm saying, oil is plummeting so we don’t have the money to help football but even when oil was high it’s the same excuse.. at least Wallace and Ramdhan was much more transparent than previous admins and could have been trusted to bail out football for the betterment of our society

It wouldn’t be considered tampering if they inject it into football directly and monitor payments with no direct control over it.. but then you have to ask yourself, Rowley was there when infantino visited and was neck and neck... I wouldn’t put it past them that the govt is also complicit as well and have sold out
listen mate I’m not going to get into the political ping pong with you but i certainly disagree with the notion that the the prime minister had any hand in this nonsense, especially when he called out infantino when he made his speech at the opening of the home of football, even I was embarrassed when rowley went on to say that fifa was a mafia and initially he was very skeptical about getting involved in the project, and he would reserve all judgement until later.

from my position, dr rowley is a straight shooter who speaks his mind and it showed when he had no reservations in telling the big boss infantino how he felt about fifa and was pulling no punches in that regard. as for the government paying this debt off, it’s not a pnm or unc thing, it all depends on if it’s legal and would it be supported by the tax payers themselves.

it’s an election year, and with this virus eating away at the worlds economy and oil prices at an all time low, this might be the worst time to even think about parting with funds for insignificant ventures. remember how patrick manning was reviled for giving the World Cup players a million each?

Patos did the right thing but should have done that for other sectors of society as well..

Rowley even if he had the money to allocate he wouldn’t bail them out, he’s a part of that old corrupt system.. he can throw words to make himself look like the greater person when in fact that’s to throw people off... when collusion is concerned you have certain people that will pretend to be against their friend to not let on they are complicit, it’s deception

The real test is when the economy rebounds and the dust settles, will the govt do the right thing, I doubt it, 6 decades and they haven’t
that's nonsense. dr rowley took money from a lean treasury to finish the brian lara cricket academy, he also contribute whatever little he could IN THESE ECONOMICALLY LEAN TIMES to the cpl, and i believe if we were in a better position fiscally and had surplus budgets in the past few years, then i believe it would have been very possible, more so with him than any other prime minister.

and while we're on the subject of trinidad, when was the last time you went to trinidad? some people just stay in the diaspora and caste aspersions based on popular opinions.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: pull stones on March 26, 2020, 10:37:14 PM
Coming to think about it, if I was Wallace, I woulda walk away, f00ck FIFA and T&T football, too much to fix.

Jack Warner shot T&T down and David John Williams made sure we dead and then bury we.

Wallace and Keith, cut allyuh losses unless allyuh sure this could be fix in 4 years.

Ah was finally falling back in love with T&T football under Wallace, now this.

This is FIFA problem now, they feel they could fix it.
i feel you mate, but they've come too far to give up now. in all honesty this DJW bloke is the classic example as to why trinidad has such a high murder rate, it's people who behave like him who are more than likely the victims of murder.

this man had his turn, he wrecked the sport and got voted out, yet he made sure to it to bring down the new administration behind the scenes. if he lived in brazil, italy or columbia he would have been killed even before the election.

i also get the feeling that this is more the doing of mantagliani than infantino, i believe that this mantagliani  bloke is in the pockets of the bigger federations in concacaf, and according to jack warner CFU should have never stood up and let this bastard get away with the new world cup format, but look at the past few CFU presidents, they were all fifa yes men under the proverbial table catching crumbs like max, and  make no mistake about it, those guys ain't going in to bat for no federation under their care.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Cocorite on March 26, 2020, 10:40:59 PM
Coming to think about it, if I was Wallace, I woulda walk away, f00ck FIFA and T&T football, too much to fix.

Jack Warner shot T&T down and David John Williams made sure we dead and then bury we.

Wallace and Keith, cut allyuh losses unless allyuh sure this could be fix in 4 years.

Ah was finally falling back in love with T&T football under Wallace, now this.

This is FIFA problem now, they feel they could fix it.



This is exactly what they're banking on. Defeat. Give up!

It is called Learned Helplessness

I applaud Look Loy and Wallace.

They need our support now more than ever. FIFA can be exposed and TTFA under men of integrity can prevail.

Thank God the likes of Mandela and MLK didn't walk away. And I'm sure they had many thoughts and opportunities to do so.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Flex on March 27, 2020, 06:01:16 AM
TTFA awaits FIFA's next move.
By Ryan Bachoo (Guardian).


Instead of shooting for the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the T&T Football Association (TTFA) has opted to pass. The surprise decision comes four days after world football’s governing body, the FIFA failed to meet the TTFA’s 8:00 am deadline of Monday 23, March to respond to concerns about the normalization committee it announced will be is coming to run the day to day affairs of T&T football last Tuesday in place of the TTFA four elected officers which included President William Wallace and the Board of Directors.

The now-disbanded body is awaiting the FIFA’s next move before it acts, however, it does see Tyril Patrick’s rescindment of his role as the appointed supervisor of T&T football following a legal letter to him dated March 20, while the FIFA installs a normalization committee as a small victory.

Matthew G W Gayle, one of the TTFA’s lawyers working on the matter told Guardian Media Sports on Thursday, “In a sense, the letter (From FIFA) dated March 17 has no effect because it purports to appoint someone who has themselves said they are not interested, they’re stepping away and this has nothing to do with me anymore.”

However, while it may appear that the matter has stalled until either party moves the next piece in what is seemingly becoming a complexed game of chess, there is a 21-day timeline before the TTFA loses its right to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland.

Gayle is adamant that it remains on the table. He added, “In as much as we have the right and are preserving our right to go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport we are of the view that the letter, in and of itself, is redundant because of the correspondence from Mr. Patrick so it’s a situation where FIFA, clearly, there is no effect of their letter.”

With no correspondence from the FIFA since the TTFA sent its last letter dated Friday March 20 from attorney Dr. Emir Crowne to FIFA, the TTFA is hopeful the global body in charge of football will make a U-turn on its initial decision to announce a normalization committee.

Gayle said, “Quite clearly, as a matter of law, the TTFA was created by an act of Trinidad and Tobago parliament. It governs under the constitution which comes out of that act of parliament. No external body which includes FIFA has the right in the operation of the sovereign body that is the TTFA.”

Guardian Media Sports obtained a copy of the e-mail sent last Friday which said the TTFA’s lawyers were defending the interests of T&T football “against such rank corrupt, unjust, bullyboy tactics.”

It went further to demand that FIFA’s letter three days before being withdrawn.

<FIFA letter to the TTFA>

The March 17, letter from FIFA's secretary general Fatma Samoura to Ramesha Ramdhan, the general secretary of the TTFA in part reads:" Under these serious circumstances, and in accordance with article 8 paragraph 2 of the Fifa statutes (which foresees that executive bodies of member associations may, under exceptional circumstances, be removed from office by the Fifa Council in consultation with the relevant confederation and replaced by a normalisation committee for a specific period of time), the Bureau of the Council decided, on 17 March 2020, to appoint a normalisation committee for the TTFA.

Its mandate includes the following tasks:

to run the TTFA’s daily affairs;

to establish a debt repayment plan that is implementable by the TTFA;

to review and amend the TTFA Statutes (and other regulations where necessary) and to ensure their compliance with the FIFA Statutes and requirements before duly submitting them for approval to the TTFA Congress;

to organise and to conduct elections of a new TTFA Executive Committee for a four-year mandate.

The normalisation committee will be composed of an adequate number of members to be appointed by the Fifa administration, in consultation with Concacaf. Although those eventually appointed for the normalisation committee will assume their duties with immediate effect, all members of the normalisation committee will have to pass an eligibility check to be carried out by the Fifa Review Committee in accordance with the Fifa Governance Regulations.

The confirmation of the appointment will be contingent upon the outcome of the eligibility check.

Furthermore, the Fifa administration, in consultation with Concacaf, reserves the right to revoke the mandate of any of the members of the normalisation committee and/or to appoint further members at any time.

The normalisation committee will act as an electoral committee whose decisions are final and binding, and none of its members will be eligible for any of the open positions in the TTFA elections under any circumstances, including in the event that their mandate as a member of the normalisation committee has been revoked or that they resign from their position.

The specified period of time during which the normalisation committee will perform its functions will expire as soon as it has fulfilled all of its assigned tasks, but no later than 24 months after its members have been officially appointed by the FIFA administration. The exact date for the normalisation committee to complete its mandate will be communicated by the Fifa administration once its members have been appointed.

In the interim and before the normalisation committee is fully operational, the TTFA administration’s management will be supervised by Mr Tyril Patrick, who will directly report to Fifa. The TTFA administration—in its entirety—will therefore report to Mr Patrick until the normalisation committee has been put in place.

Finally, a forensic audit of the TTFA accounts could be commissioned if deemed necessary by the relevant parties. We thank you for taking note of the above and trust in your full cooperation in this matter."

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TTFA lawyers give FIFA more time.
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).


THE lawyers for former TTFA (TT Football Association) president William Wallace – Dr Emir Crowne and Matthew Gayle – are giving FIFA, the world’s governing body for football, more time to withdraw their letter to the former TTFA executive, in which they stated their desire to implement a normalisation committee.

TTFA general secretary Ramesh Ramdhan said on Tuesday, “They (lawyers) are giving FIFA some more time to withdraw the letter. But they advised that we have 21 days to file an appeal to CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport).”

Asked how much time FIFA has been given, Ramdhan replied, “certainly within the 21 days.”

Last week, Wallace, through his attorneys, threatened FIFA general secretary Fatma Samoura with formal legal proceedings.

The attorneys described the committee as “attempted unlawful interference in the operation of the sovereign body”. FIFA was given until 8 am on Monday to respond.

Dr Crowne and Gayle also issued a pre-action protocol letter to TTFA finance manager Tyril Patrick, who was named by FIFA to head the local governing body, until the normalisation committee was implemented.

However, Patrick, on Saturday, decided against taking up the offer, leaving the TTFA without a head.

Title: Composition of normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago confirmed
Post by: Tallman on March 27, 2020, 09:14:32 AM
Composition of normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago confirmed
FIFA.com


Following the decision taken by the Bureau of the FIFA Council to appoint a normalisation committee for the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) and the subsequent consultation process undertaken by FIFA and Concacaf, the composition of this committee can now be confirmed as follows:

Mr. Robert Hadad (Chairperson);
Ms. Judy Daniel (Deputy Chairperson);
Mr. Nigel. L Romano (member).
The FIFA administration, in consultation with Concacaf, will appoint two more members in the coming days.

The mandate of the normalisation committee will include the following:

to run the TTFA'S daily affairs;
to establish a debt repayment plan that is implementable by the TTFA;
to review and amend the TTFA Statutes (and other regulations where necessary) and to ensure their compliance with the FIFA Statutes and requirements before duly submitting them for approval to the TTFA Congress;
to organise and to conduct elections of a new TTFA Executive Committee for a four-year mandate.

The members of the TTFA normalisation committee will assume their duties with immediate effect and, as per standard procedure, will have to pass an eligibility check. Their confirmation will be contingent upon the outcome of the eligibility check.

The normalisation committee will act as an electoral committee, and none of its members will be eligible for any of the open positions in the TTFA elections under any circumstances. The specified period of time during which the normalisation committee will perform its functions will expire as soon as it has fulfilled all of its assigned tasks, but no later than 24 months after its members have been officially appointed by FIFA.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: maxg on March 27, 2020, 09:15:53 AM
Hadad heads TTFA Normalisation Committee.
T&T Guardian Reports.


FIFA has appointed businessman Robert Hadad to head a three-member Normalisation Committee to oversee the revitalisation of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association, following its decision to take over the reorganisation of the local body from William Wallace and his executive recently.

Apart from Hadad, the committee includes Judy Daniel (Deputy Chairperson) and Nigel Romano (member).

A release from FIFA on Friday confirmed the appointments, adding that FIFA, in consultation with regional governing body CONCACAF, will make two more appointments to the team soon.

FIFA said the committee will have as its mandate the following:

Run the TTFA'S daily affairs

Establish a debt repayment plan that is implementable by the TTFA

Review and amend the TTFA statutes (and other regulations where necessary) and to ensure their compliance with the FIFA statutes and requirements before duly submitting them for approval to the TTFA Congress

Organise and conduct elections of a new TTFA Executive Committee for a four-year mandate.

FIFA added that the committee members will still have to pass an eligibility check and their confirmation to the positions will be contingent upon the outcome of those checks.

It said the normalisation committee will act as an electoral committee and none of its members will be eligible for any of the open positions once fresh TTFA elections are called.

The committee has 24 months in which to achieve its mandate and will cease to function once this has been achieved.

Wallace and his executive were voted into office late last year but soon fell into financial difficulty after its accounts were frozen as one of its former coaches, Kendall Walkes, sued to recover salaries owed to him. This prompted FIFA to step in recently, disband the executive and start a restructuring process.

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Hadad leads TTFA normalisation committee
Stephon Nicholas (Newsday).


Businessman Robert Hadad has been appointed chairperson of the FIFA normalisation committee that will take over control of local football. FIFA also appointed Judy Daniel (deputy chairperson) and Nigel L Romano (member) to the committee. FIFA made the announcement via e-mail on Friday and said it will appoint two more members in the coming days.

The FIFA press release said the mandate of the normalisation committee includes: to run the TTFA's daily affairs; to establish a debt repayment plan that is implementable by the TTFA; to review and amend the TTFA statutes (and other regulations where necessary) and to ensure their compliance with the FIFA statutes and requirements before duly submitting them for approval to the TTFA Congress; to organise and to conduct elections of a new TTFA Executive Committee for a four-year mandate.

The normalisation committee has 24 months maximum to fulfil its duties. No member of the normalisation committee will be permitted to vie for a post in the next TTFA elections.

Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on March 27, 2020, 09:45:20 AM
Three more balls left in this over. 
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: maxg on March 27, 2020, 10:04:18 AM
Three more balls left in this over. 
If they gor out, I hope dey out voopin
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Flex on March 27, 2020, 12:04:52 PM
Under the TTFA constitution, only the general membership can remove the football president via article 38.4, which says:

‘The motion for dismissal shall be decided by means of secret ballot. For the motion to be passed, a majority of three quarters of the valid votes is required’.

Title: TTFA should be suspended by FIFA
Post by: Tallman on March 27, 2020, 12:31:27 PM
TTFA should be suspended by FIFA
By Corey Greaves (Barbados Advocate)


The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) should be suspended with immediate effect, says veteran football administrator Adrian Donovan.

FIFA in the last couple of days has instituted a normalisation committee to oversee the TTFA footballing affairs for the next 24 months.

Donovan has thrown his support behind the decision of the FIFA/Concacaf mission that recently visited the shores of Trinidad and Tobago to examine the books and operations of the TTFA.

Donovan noted that the mission’s findings included a lack of financial management and a financial governance which they said was non-existent, with no formal internal policies and
internal controls in place.

“I have no doubt in my mind whatsoever,” said the veteran football administrator who has been involved with football for over 35 years, “that the TTFA will be suspended.”
This would mean they will receive no funding and will have to undergo a forensic audit.

If or when they are suspended, they will join a list that includes Guinea, Antigua and Barbuda, Guatemala, Macau, Kenya, and more recently the oversight of St. Vincent and Guyana.

According to the media reports coming out of Trinidad and Tobago, the TTFA is in debt to a tune of TT$50 000 000 which has been accumulated over a period of time, and with no formal and proper plan in place to reduce this deficit, FIFA has stepped in.

This comes just after the TTFA unveiled a grand plan for the development for the Arima Velodrome Stadium, which is expected to cost in the region of US$47 million. This project was to help reduce the large deficit.

However, there is no cabinet approval as regards the land and the Arima borough has not signed off on the project.

This controversial home of football, Arima Stadium, which was perceived to be the saviour in the reduction of this outstanding debt, is part funded by FIFA and the equipment that was purchased came from the FIFA Forward Project.

The TTFA has also been accused of not paying NIS for its staff for a number of years, and just a couple days ago an investigation was ordered by the police commissioner of T&T Police Service into the disappearance of equipment valued at approximately TT$120 400.

Donovan stated, “In all of this FIFA is absolutely correct if they have to suspend this national federation because all those who signed off on the FIFA Statutes are expected to follow their rules and regulations.

“The particular statute which FIFA has invoked simply states that in accordance with Article 8 paragraph 2 of the FIFA Statutes, …executive bodies of member associations may under exceptional circumstances be removed from office by the FIFA council, in consultation with the relevant Federation, and replaced by a normalisation committee for specific period of time.”

Since this particular statute was invoked, two former FIFA employees have come out to address the ongoing matter, one being Austin Jack Warner, who stated in a recent interview that the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) was non-existent. A couple days ago his fellow Trinidadian, Keith Look Loy, came to the defence of the present TTFA board.

Under Warner, who headed the CFU for over two decades, a number of the Federation leaders were banned in the Bin Hammam corruption scandal.

Donovan said that the Keith Look Loy is unjustified in his unfounded statement that the CFU is not representing their case against FIFA.

“This matter has gone past CFU and into the courts of law, and therefore CFU and any other regional Federations simply have no say in the matter.

“It would be wise for the present TTFA board to withdraw their case that is headed to the court of arbitration because if not they will feel the wrath of the FIFA.”

Donovan added, “When you sign under FIFA rules and regulation and you have no legitimate evidence as to how you have spent their money, it is only a matter of time before the weight of FIFA would be felt.”
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Flex on March 27, 2020, 12:42:29 PM
‘Fifa has been compromised [in Home of Football scandal]!’ Spicy letter that predates Fifa take-over.
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868).


“A cursory glance of the paper trail suggests that there was a lack of proper oversight [on the Home of Football],” stated Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) general secretary Ramesh Ramdhan, in a letter to Fifa chief member association, Veron Mosengo-Omba on 22 January 2020.

“The president of the TTFA [David John-Williams] appears to have been the project manager, the contractor as well as the purchaser…”

The aforementioned excerpt forms part of an exchange between Ramdhan and Mosengo-Omba. It was issued in response to a letter from the Fifa official, while Fifa stalled on paying its annual subvention of US$1.2 million (TT$8 million) to the TTFA for operations.

It also predated the world governing body’s decision to send a joint fact-finding mission of Concacaf and Fifa officials to the island in February.

On Tuesday, Fifa, supposedly on the advice of the team that visited Trinidad last month, announced it would send a normalisation committee to the twin island republic and effectively nullified last November’s election and booted the Board—including president William Wallace—out of office.

Mosengo-Omba, a DR Congo national, personally informed controversial TTFA finance manager Tyril Patrick that Fifa had just put him in charge of local football.

“As was mentioned in the decision [by the Fifa Council], you will assume immediate interim responsibility, in collaboration with Fifa,” he told Patrick, “for all TTFA matters until the normalisation committee members are appointed.

“Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this respect and looking forward to meeting you soon.”

Two months before Fifa sent the TTFA into meltdown, Mosengo-Omba, who had direct oversight of the Home of Football project—partly funded by Fifa—wrote Ramdhan to enquire about the William Wallace-led administration’s plans to deal with its significant debts.

“In light of the significant amount of outstanding debts the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) has had in the past with third party suppliers,” Mosengo-Omba told Ramdhan, on 13 January, “the FIFA administration would like to follow up on the current status of those debts. It is important to highlight that assets financed by the FIFA Forward Programme cannot be, under any circumstances, mortgaged.

“The FIFA Member Associations Division is fully committed and available to support your member association in every necessary aspect in order to achieve positive outcome.”

In the build-up to last November’s local football election, Mosengo-Omba allegedly told three board members—according to one member of that trio, who spoke on condition of anonymity—that Fifa would not support the TTFA if then president David John-Williams was voted out of office.

Another board member and technical committee chairman Keith Look Loy, who was an influential figure in Wallace’s successful campaign, also complained that the Congolese repeatedly ignored pleas to investigate alleged financial mismanagement of the project.

And, in Ramdhan’s response to the Fifa official, he made his feelings clear that the world governing body—and Mosengo-Omba in particular—lacked the moral authority to lecture the TTFA on the matter of debts or the fate of the Home of Football.

“The HOF project which is at the centre of this conversation was intended to bring an end to our financial woes, which had plagued the TTFA for over a decade,” stated Ramdhan. “It is now ironic that, in 2020, it has become the source of our financial distress.

“[…] I knew you were a central figure during the construction phase of this project. I can also appreciate that the responsibility entrusted upon you in facilitating the process may have fallen outside the core area of competency required for such a project.

“It is now incumbent upon Fifa, given this experience, to review the processes employed in their Forward Project programs in order to avoid reoccurrence of this nature which can compromise Fifa. I am of the view that Fifa has indeed been compromised in this scenario.”

Having identified the high-ranking Fifa official as ‘a central figure’ operating ‘outside [his] core area of competency’ in what could prove to be a financial scandal, Ramdhan went further by suggesting that the TTFA intended to not only investigate the Home of Football but also make their findings public.

“Based on what we have discovered during the recent visit of the [Fifa] development manager (DM) and the assistant development manager (ADM) in the presence of the TTFA financial manager,” stated Ramdhan, “the manner in which the project was being managed should have raised red flags.

“Given the revelations, it is curious and even suspicious that the project continued uninterrupted. This has attracted speculation from several quarters of the society which has the potential of further damaging our already tainted image both locally and abroad.

“[…] The current administration is in the process of engaging a quantity surveyor with a view to achieving two objectives. The first objective is to produce a professional report and make public the findings, so as to avoid speculation of vindictiveness on the part of the current administration.

“The second objective, which is of paramount importance, is to address all the issues with a view to resolving them and operationalise the building.”

A day later, on 23 January, Ramdhan wrote Mosengo-Omba again; and, this time, he addressed the initial query of the Fifa official.

“Consequent to my previous letter of 22 January, I wish to further advise that Fifa Forward funding will not be used to satisfy any third party debts,” stated the TTFA general secretary. “It is our stated objective to use funds intended for development in those specific areas. We intend to avoid the pitfalls of the past where moneys were used contrary to purpose.

“The current administration has a plan to deal with the debts inherited and we intend to meet and discuss this with our creditors… We have already signed a memorandum of understanding with a foreign company for a project in Trinidad that would factor in a debt of TT$50 million incorporated in the overall cost of the project to satisfy the debt.

“[…] I do hope that this information will serve to address any concerns which Fifa may have and bring some level of comfort as I can discern some unease about our debt situation.

“Rest assured we are up to the task of rebuilding our administration and restoring our image and look forward to cooperating with Fifa to achieve our collective objectives.”

Mosengo-Omba did not respond to either email.

Ramdhan said he was justified in the statements made to the Fifa official, since he was only replying to Mosengo-Omba’s letter and also fulfilling Wallace’s campaign promise of transparent governance.

“We had to [investigate the Home of Football and make our findings public] because we campaigned on being open and transparent,” said Ramdhan, who was a part of Wallace’s United TTFA slate, “especially as I wrote to Fifa before [in 2019] and they never took me on. And what we discovered was frightening to say the least…”

By then, Wallace’s administration had been in office for roughly two months and not received any of the Fifa subvention that was due. A cursory check, according to Ramdhan, revealed that other associations had already been wired money from the global body’s Zurich headquarters.

After a couple of enquiring phone calls, Ramdhan said he was put on to Stacey Daniel, who is a manager in the Fifa Finance Department.

“She told me we would get it [by the end of January] but we didn’t,” Ramdhan told Wired688. “So I asked who was above her that could explain what was going on. And that was when I was put back on to Veron.”

It took three days for Wallace to get Mosengo-Omba on the phone and, then, his response was supposedly that Fifa would send a team to Trinidad to investigate its finances; and they would ask Concacaf to fund the TTFA until that was completed.

Ramdhan was frustrated.

“Fifa should have investigated what I sent to them [about John-Williams and the Home of Football],” he said, “not our administration.”

The TTFA is due US$150,000 (TT$1 million) annually from Concacaf for football development. Based on money from Concacaf, the local football body was able to send the Women’s National Under-20 Team on a two week pre-tournament tour in the Dominican Republic.

The team, coached by Richard Hood, went on to finish as quarterfinalists at the Women’s Concacaf Under-20 Championship.

In February, Fifa finance coordinator Mehmet Dirlik, Concacaf finance manager Alejandro Kesende, Concacaf finance department Dally Fuentes and Valeria Yepes, an independent auditor visited Trinidad to speak with local officials, including Wallace, Ramdhan and TTFA finance committee chairman Kendall Tull.

If the new TTFA administration had any information regarding spending at the Home of Football that Mosengo-Omba might have missed, the joint-Fifa and Concacaf team would surely have been apprised of it.

Wallace, Ramdhan and Tull felt the meetings went well and the foreign contingent allegedly vowed that Fifa would turn on its financial tap shortly. But that never happened.

In the interim, Wallace held a press conference on 4 March, in which he pointed to the financial mismanagement of the association by John-Williams, aided by his finance manager, Patrick—who was still a TTFA employee.

Tull, according to a source, advised against the press conference and, in particular, the revelations concerning over TT$4 million due for PAYE, BIR and health surcharge payments.

Again, Ramdhan said Wallace’s decision to speak up was in keeping with their mantra of ‘transparency’.

On 7 March, the TTFA board met and passed a motion to investigate the perceived financial mismanagement of the John-Williams-led administration. The probe would have included spending on the Home of Football project, which was supervised by Mosengo-Omba.

The first order of business was to be the suspension of Patrick, who, members felt, could not operate as finance manager while being investigated.

Wallace was asked to get a legal letter to that effect, which would be issued to Patrick. However, the president stalled as he wanted to get a replacement for his finance officer first. And, even then, Wallace felt Patrick should be given time to ‘hand over responsibilities’ to his successor.

Ten days after that meeting, with Patrick still in place and no replacement identified, Fifa took the atomic option of firing the entire TTFA board under article 8.2 of its statutes, which states:

‘Executive bodies of member associations may under exceptional circumstances be removed from office by the Council in consultation with the relevant confederation and replaced by a normalisation committee for a specific period of time.’

Fifa, in a missive on its website, stated that its decision: ‘follows the recent FIFA/Concacaf fact-finding mission to Trinidad and Tobago to assess, together with an independent auditor, the financial situation of TTFA [which] found that extremely low overall financial management methods, combined with a massive debt, have resulted in the TTFA facing a very real risk of insolvency and illiquidity. Such a situation is putting at risk the organisation and development of football in the country and corrective measures need to be applied urgently.’

Ramdhan believed that Fifa was always going to be hostile to the current TTFA administration, whether he crossed swords with Mosengo-Omba or not.

“I think they were always looking to do this,” he said. “And even when I wrote those letters, they didn’t even have the courtesy to reply to me or the TTFA. So I don’t think those letters played a part in this.”

Mosengo-Omba might be having the last laugh now. However, the TTFA has announced its intention to appeal Fifa’s decision, through attorneys Dr Emir Crowne and Matthew Gayle of New City Chambers.

If the allegations made in Ramdhan’s letter to Mosengo-Omba bare any truth, the TTFA’s promised investigation could have had dire implications for Fifa’s image under current president Gianni Infantino.

Ironically, if there is financial misconduct at the Home of Football—Look Loy suggested last year that TT$16 million unaccounted for from the project—then there is only one man with as much to lose as as John-Williams and Mosengo-Omba.

And that is Patrick, the person who Fifa has now put in charge of the TTFA.

(Letter from Fifa to TTFA on 13 January 2020)

Dear General Secretary,

In light of the significant amount of outstanding debts the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) has had in the past with third party suppliers, the FIFA administration would like to follow up on the current status of those debts.

It is important to highlight that assets financed by the FIFA Forward Programme cannot be, under any circumstances, mortgaged.

The FIFA Member Associations Division is fully committed and available to support your Member Association in every necessary aspect in order to achieve positive outcome.

Yours sincerely

Veron Mosengo-Omba,

Chief Member Associations Officer

(Letter for TTFA to Fifa on 22 January 2020)

Dear Mr Mosengo-Omba,

I thank you for your email of Monday 13 January. Your advice regarding the Home of Football (HOF) is duly noted. The new administration is fully aware of all the implications involved as we pursue the solutions to the problems we inherited. The significant debt you mentioned pose serious challenges for the TTFA and your offer to assist gives us hope.

During the visit of the Development Manager (DM) last week, as we perused the financial records of the TTFA, we discovered that funds intended for other areas were diverted to the HOF project resulting in the failure of the TTFA to meet its day to day financial obligations. Chief amongst them was the inability to pay the salaries of staff for the Christmas.

Presently, the outstanding balance owed in relation to the HOF to date is approximately TT$2 million. The amount of confirmed debt is TT$33,782,826.31, other payables are TT$15,211,861.50. Attached for your information and yet to be determined [is] TT$25 million, which represents two batters which are before the courts re: Jack Warner and Sheldon Phillips. These figures can change dramatically based on the current trend.

The HOF project which is at the centre of this conversation was intended to bring an end to our financial woes, which had plagued the TTFA for over a decade. It is now ironic that, in 2020, it has become the source of our financial distress.

A project which was opened with a lot of fanfare is now faced with issues which required additional funding to resolve. These issues vary from design and construction to safety and lack of the requisite approvals from agencies. This situation denies the TTFA the opportunity to benefit from such a significant investment.

I knew you were a central figure during the construction phase of this project. I can also appreciate that the responsibility entrusted upon you in facilitating the process may have fallen outside the core area of competency required for such a project.

It is now incumbent upon Fifa, given this experience, to review the processes employed in their Forward Project programs in order to avoid reoccurrence of this nature which can compromise Fifa. I am of the view that Fifa has indeed been compromised in this scenario.

Having said that, based on what we have discovered during the recent visit of the Development Manager (DM) and the Assistant Development Manager (ADM) in the presence of the TTFA Financial Manager, the manner in which the project was being managed should have raised red flags.

Given the revelations, it is curious and even suspicious that the project continued uninterrupted. This has attracted speculation from several quarters of the society which has the potential of further damaging our already tainted image both locally and abroad.

A cursory glance of the paper trail suggests that there was a lack of proper oversight. The president of the TTFA appears to have been the project manager, the contractor as well as the purchaser.

The current administration is in the process of engaging a quantity surveyor with a view to achieving two objectives. The first objective is to produce a professional report and make public the findings so as to avoid speculation of vindictiveness on the part of the current administration.

The second objective, which is of paramount importance, is to address all the issues with a view to resolving them and operationalise the building.

As we peruse the financial records of the TTFA, our preliminary findings suggest a lack of financial prudence on the part of the last administration. As a consequence, we have taken a decision to engage a forensic auditor to determine if any financial impropriety occurred as we are not prepared to carry that burden forward as we seek to reshape the association.

Yours sincerely,

Ramesh Ramdhan,

TTFA general secretary

(Letter from TTFA to Fifa on 23 January 2020)

Consequent to my previous letter of 22 January, I wish to further advise that Fifa Forward funding will not be used to satisfy any third party debts. It is our stated objective to use funds intended for development in those specific areas. We intend to avoid the pitfalls of the past where moneys were used contrary to purpose.

The current administration has a plan to deal with the debts inherited and we intend to meet and discuss this with our creditors. It is our intention to acknowledge the debts and, if necessary, give letters of comfort to avoid the courts of Trinidad and Tobago.

We have already signed a memorandum of understanding with a foreign company for a project in Trinidad that would factor in a debt of TT$50 million incorporated in the overall cost of the project to satisfy the debt. Officials of the said company will be visiting Trinidad in a couple weeks to discuss the public private partnership with the government of Trinidad and Tobago.

I do hope that this information will serve to address any concerns which Fifa may have and bring some level of comfort as I can discern some unease about our debt situation.

Rest assured we are up to the task of rebuilding our administration and restoring our image and look forward to cooperating with Fifa to achieve our collective objectives.

Yours sincerely,

Ramesh Ramdhan,

TTFA general secretary

Editor’s Note: Wired868 asked Fifa official Veron Mosengo-Omba a series of questions related to the announced normalisation committee and the Home of Football, including whether he noticed any financial irregularities in the project, why he had not recused himself from issues involving the TTFA due to a potential conflict of interest, and why Fifa decided to put TTFA’s finance manager in charge despite basing its decision to intervene on the football body’s supposedly catastrophic financial set-up.

He had not responded up to the time of publication.


Title: Infantino's revenge
Post by: Tallman on March 27, 2020, 12:53:22 PM
Infantino's revenge
By Philippe Auclair (josimarfootball.com)


Hardly anyone batted an eyebrow when Fifa announced that a “normalisation committee” had been set up in Trinidad & Tobago. But the key question is: Could this be nothing but an act of revenge from Gianni Infantino?

In football governance, the procedure known as ‘normalisation’ usually follows a well-travelled route: a local FA encounters critical financial, political or governance problems, contravening its own statutes in the process, as well as those of Fifa’s, which then has no choice other than to suspend the administration in place and take over the running of its affairs.

It is a depressingly common occurrence, which has affected countries as diverse as Uruguay, Benin, Kuwait, Argentina, Mali, Greece and many others in the recent past. So depressingly common, in fact, that hardly anyone batted an eyelid when Fifa, following a ‘fact-finding mission’ which had taken place in February, added Trinidad & Tobago to the list of MAs (Member Associations) under ‘normalisation’ on 17 March of this year. Trinidad & Tobago, the former playground of disgraced Fifa panjandrum Jack Warner…not exactly a surprise, is it?

Normalisation or elimination?
Except that this was a normalisation with a difference. The TTFA (Trinidad & Tobago Football Association) Board which had been summarily dismissed by Fifa had only been in place since November 2019. It had been elected – fairly, as everyone agreed – by representatives of T&T’s forty-six grassroots football associations on the strength of a programme of reform and renewal, had conducted audits of its shambolic finances, addressed the issue of debt head-on and fully cooperated with Fifa throughout, including during the ‘fact-finding mission’ which ultimately led to the verdict of ‘normalisation’. It made no real sense to dismiss a new administration which was in no way associated with the excesses and mismanagement of previous TTFA regimes, and, indeed, seemed to be doing what it could to correct the errors of the past.

It made no real sense – unless you looked at the rationale of Fifa’s drastic decision from a different angle, a purely political one that is. Listening to the central characters on the TTFA side of the story, as we have, and looking at the chain of events more closely, as we did, following the work done by Wired888 journalist Lasana Liburd in situ, it soon became clear that it was legitimate to change the main question from: ‘what went wrong in Trinidad & Tobago which prompted the normalisation?’ to ‘could this really be nothing but an act of revenge from Gianni Infantino?’

A sense of perspective is needed to understand why this question must be asked, and some recent history too, of how Infantino, then a candidate to the Fifa presidency, had found a key ally in the Caribbean nation, only to lose him a few months ago.

This ally is David John-Williams, until then the vice-president of the Trinidad & Tobago Pro league, who had been elected president of his country’s Football Association (TTFA) in controversial circumstances (a number of the delegates who voted for him appear to have been ineligible) on 30 November 2015, little over a month after Gianni Infantino had become the fifth and last man to announce his bid the for the presidency of Fifa.

The former was soon to play an important part in the latter’s campaign, drumming up support for the UEFA Secretary General in the Caribbean region, a part of the world whose influence in football politics far outweighs its population, as no fewer than 25 of Fifa’s 211 member associations hail from there. John-Williams’s successful lobbying was instrumental in securing Infantino’s election: a mere 27 votes separated the victor from the pre-election favourite Sheik Salman bin Ibrahim al Khalifa when Fifa made its choice on 26 February 2016 in Zürich.

“Teammates”
Gianni Infantino didn’t forget his due. Visiting Trinidad and Tobago for the lavish inauguration of the Fifa-funded ‘Home of Football’ complex in Couva, the Fifa president extolled the qualities of his ally in terms which left no one in any doubt of whom he, Infantino, would like to remain at the helm of the TTFA.

“I came to Trinidad and Tobago, and I was not believing to find somebody like [David John-Williams] in Trinidad and Tobago,” he said. “I have to say the truth. Because the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association was more or less in the same state as Fifa at that time. David was saying ‘shambles’, I say shambles was maybe a compliment for the state you found.

“We found a Federation which was under the earth. TTFA, Trinidad and Tobago Football, very sadly, was in the headlines for other reasons than football, even though linked to football. Today, we are here, and proud to be here, because today, Trinidad and Tobago is the capital of the world of football.”

This was on 18 November 2019, a mere six days before the TTFA was to vote in its presidential elections. John-Williams had campaigned for Infantino. Infantino was now campaigning for John-Williams, seemingly oblivious to the fact that this constituted the kind of direct interference on which Fifa tends to cast a stern eye in most circumstances.

But even the Fifa president’s fulsome endorsement did not prevent the TTFA associations to put an end to John-Williams’s four-year reign on 24 November. The incumbent had been beaten by a newcomer, William Wallace, a man well-known for his involvement in cricket administration in the region, by 26 votes to 20 in the second round of the election. Gianni Infantino had lost a ‘team-mate’, to use a word he’d used himself at the inauguration.

He did not forget this; and some say he didn’t forgive either, and that this is the true reason why the TTFA finds itself ‘normalised’ today. One of these voices is that of Keith Look Loy, Chairman of the Trinidad & Tobago FA’s Technical Committee and President of the TT Super League, who granted Josimar the exclusive interview which follows.

Keith Look Loy, which reason or reasons did Fifa give you to explain its decision to suspend an administration that had only been in place for less than four months?
“Well, first of all, when the election was held on 24 November, the new President, Mr Wallace, and his three vice-presidents, had never held office at the TTFA before. I was an ally of that group of officers, and the agenda was clear. We recognised there was a serious issue with financial mismanagement, and even misuse or abuse of funds, that the essential structure of the TTFA had basically collapsed and that, on the technical side, the programmes had totally collapsed as well. We went in there, looking to, firstly, establish exactly the situation of the finances, and, secondly, begin the restructuring of the association. Now, before that, the struggle to remove the previous administration went on for more of its term in office, at least three years out of four. Over the course of time, I and other members of the board repeatedly criticised the mismanagement of the TTFA in general and, in particular, of the Fifa-financed ‘Home of Football’

Were you in touch with Fifa at the time?
“Yes. Information and even, I dare say, revelations were passed on to the Director of Development for Africa and the Caribbean, Mr Véron Mosengo-Omba (one of Gianni Infantino’s closest friends and aides within Fifa), who visited Trinidad periodically to oversee the progress of the ‘Home of Football’ project, always saying what a wonderful job was being done. We repeatedly made our concerns known to him, and his stock answer was “this is not Fifa business, this is an internal matter for the TTFA and Fifa has nothing to do with it”. As far as Fifa was concerned, everything was fine”.

How much money are we talking about?
“$2,5m. A lot of money. About 18 or 19 million T&T dollars, depending on the currency rate of the day.”

What happened to this money?
“It wasn’t spent properly, it wasn’t accounted for. I, as a board member, fought a running battle with the president David John-Williams and his supporters on the board to get access to the financial reports. I eventually had to go to the High Court of Trinidad & Tobago. It took me several months, but I eventually got a court order requiring them to open up the books and to let me have a look, provide contracts for work being done at the Home of Football. What I discovered was that of all that money, 18 or 19 million, they could only provide contracts for 3 and a half million. And when I asked what happened to the rest of the sum, they told me the work had been paid on a cash basis. People were paid in cash! I told them this was the modus operandi of a criminal enterprise, not of a national association in any sport. This was last year, in 2019.”

Then you were elected. What did you do then?
“We discovered there was a lot more that was…what shall I say…unsatisfactory and even criminal under the law of Trinidad & Tobago, for example the repeated writing of cheques against accounts which had no money in then. The banks would just return them. We found that statutory payments for employees – PAYE deductions and national insurance contributions – were taken out of employees’ salaries and not paid to the authorities, which is a crime under our law.
 
I’m telling you all of this because, one, Fifa was directly involved in this because of its financing of the Home of Football project, and concerns had been raised with them before the advent of the new administration, over the course of two years, with no satisfactory response from Fifa; and, beyond that, the TTFA, like every other member of Fifa is subjected to an annual audit by Fifa in terms of broader financing. Fifa knew about this mismanagement, they had to. Fifa knew about the lack of correct financial procedure. Now, here is the sharp point of my arrow: the Fifa president Gianni Infantino came to Trinidad and Tobago six days before the election to inaugurate the Home of Football in a great display of pageantry, and he literally encouraged to vote for the existing administration back into office.

But the electorate rejected him, as it rejected the president of CONCACAF, Mr Montigliani, who’d said the same thing. Up to that point, Fifa was prepared to continue working with the TTFA. I believe that what has happened is an effort on the part of Fifa to cover up the activity of the last administration and to cover up its own complicity in what transpired, because they knew about it. Therefore, what they’re seeking to do is to set aside a legitimately-elected administration barely three and a half months in office, that bears no responsibility for the mess that was left behind. We are victimised for that. It’s a cover-up.”

Mr John-Williams was a close ally of Gianni Infantino during his campaign to become Fifa president in 2016…
“That is correct.”

…and he rallied support for Mr Infantino in the region. In your view, could it be the reason why Fifa, after turning a blind eye to what was happening within the TTFA, then decided to act?
“All of this is true. John-Williams was the first Caribbean FA President to come out openly in support of Mr Infantino when Mr Infantino was campaigning for his first term of office, They have remained fast friends. When Infantino came to open the Home of Football, a ceremony which was attended by the Prime Minister of T&T, the Minister of sports and other government dignitaries, he was on the record as saying “when you are in a team, you support your team-mates”. Which meant John-Williams, who was doing such a great job, blah-blah-blah. And that’s completely against the statutes of Fifa. They were allies, supporting each other.”

You’re basically saying that, had Mr John-Williams remained in office, none of this would have happened.
“This is exactly what I’m saying. Fifa would have continued to turn a blind eye to all of this nonsense which had been transpiring for four years. “

One thing which is very difficult to comprehend from the outside is why, after the new administration had been voted in and started cooperating with Fifa, suddenly, almost out of nowhere, the TTFA got a normalisation order. How did they justify that to you?
“They’re saying that they want to review our statutes. There have been some amendments to them; but the TTFA statutes were basically introduced into the TTFA by Fifa themselves in 2015! They supervised the revision of our statutes and they supervised the election of John-Williams himself! So they introduced the statutes which they now say there is a problem with. Their other argument is that the TTFA doesn’t have any financial structure, and there is the issue of debt.

It is a fact that the TTFA had operated in the four previous years, and a long time before that, without established financial controls, without accountability. When we came in, we established a finance committee run by two persons who have excellent reputations of integrity beyond reproach in this country. They examined what was there and produced a document, a report which outlined what the problem was and how we should proceed. We began by staging a seminar on the State of Play and creating a module of financial literacy for the members of the Board, so that they could understand how we would proceed.”

Did you inform Fifa of these measures?
“That document, which also detailed our plan to address debt relief, was given to a joint Fifa-CONCACAF delegation which arrived in Trinidad & Tobago on 25 February of this year. We held meetings with them on the 26th and the 27th, after which they left.”

But that was not good enough for them.
“It wasn’t. And they never gave us a copy of their delegation’s report.”

Then the normalisation order was produced on the heels of this visit.
“Yes. And this is how we found out that they had decided to impose a normalisation committee on the TTFA. The General Secretary of a Caribbean FA called me and said, “Keith, do you know about this?” By which he meant the normalisation order. I was astonished. I knew nothing of it.”

You mean that you, a TTFA Board Member, were not informed directly of the decision and had to go on the Fifa website to get confirmation?
“That is correct. That is a fact. And when we found out, our Secretary  General wrote to Fifa, asking them for clarification and verification of this; and they wrote back to say, yes, apologising for having sent – or so they claim – the official notification to the wrong email address. After dealing with us for three months, they sent it to the wrong email address!”

Which steps did you take after receiving confirmation of the Fifa decision?
“We got our lawyers onto this. Now listen to this. The letter announcing the imposition of a normalisation committee came from Fifa’s Secretary General Fatma Samoura. But Véron himself wrote a letter to Tyril Patrick, the Finance Manager of the TTFA, appointing him caretaker manager of TTFA. Now this Finance Manager had been John-Williams’s right-hand man, complicit with the previous administration, whom we’d kept on because we needed to find out what was the situation in the finances, which none of us knew, to shine some light on this. And Véron chose him.”

How did you respond to this?
“We told this Finance Manager we’d file an injunction if he accepted the appointment, which he had, before backing off and writing to Fifa to tell them he wasn’t interested. As to now, because of COVID-19, nobody can enter Trinidad & Tobago, Fifa cannot send anyone and, to this day, they haven’t appointed anyone, any committee. So it’s a vacuum. Our position is clear: for us, Fifa does not have the authority under Trinidad & Tobago law to intervene in the internal politics of the TTFA. It is risky. Because there is law, and there is power. There is a rumour circulating that there is a list of people Fifa intend to ban – and I’m on it, I’m of them for sure – but that is just speculation. As of now, there has been no response whatsoever from Fifa.”

Are you prepared to go to CAS to contest Fifa’s decision?
“We’ve informed Fifa of this already, and this is exactly where we’re going. They have not responded to this either.”

Have other Caribbean FAs come out in support of you?
“First, internally, the local associations which compose the TTFA itself have showed very strong public support for the officers who have been removed by Fifa. Externally, CONCACAF has had nothing to say. We have reached out to the Caribbean Football Union which, these days, is a paper organisation controlled by CONCACAF, and reached out individually to every single Caribbean FA privately, verbally; and they’re calling in to say ‘we support you’. But they’re scared. They’re afraid. Officially, we stand alone against Fifa.”

In the hours following this interview, the TTFA received a letter from Véron Mosengo-Omba, in which he informed them of the appointment of three members of the normalisation committee, another two to join them after consultation with CONCACAF . TTFA’s response was still under review as we published this story, which will be updated as fit in the days to come.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: pull stones on March 27, 2020, 04:35:19 PM
and the plot thickens.

I’m praying we do come out on top in these proceeding.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: theworm2345 on March 27, 2020, 05:18:10 PM
Infantino's revenge
By Philippe Auclair (josimarfootball.com)

This guy is a pretty famous journalist, nice to see the story finally gaining traction around the world.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Controversial on March 27, 2020, 10:04:53 PM
Hadad is now in charge... he’s connected to the govt... this alone tells me the govt is also complicit in this nonsense... I’m haopy we are now seeing who truly controls football and wants no part of an honest and progressive federation

Further to this, I find Fenwick is unusually quiet, what is his opinion of what is happening? He recently crossed swords with Look Loy and the board, is he happy about this or is he seeing the travesty unfolding and supporting Look Loy?
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Controversial on March 27, 2020, 10:11:57 PM
what if the government was to absolve this debt, would it be accepted by fifa or could it be perceived as government tampering? and if not, would fifa accept such an intervention and remove their measures on the TTFA?

I suggested this a while back but people said why should the govt bail them out... I’m like because it impacts the nation in a positive manner...

Now you will get pnm saying, oil is plummeting so we don’t have the money to help football but even when oil was high it’s the same excuse.. at least Wallace and Ramdhan was much more transparent than previous admins and could have been trusted to bail out football for the betterment of our society

It wouldn’t be considered tampering if they inject it into football directly and monitor payments with no direct control over it.. but then you have to ask yourself, Rowley was there when infantino visited and was neck and neck... I wouldn’t put it past them that the govt is also complicit as well and have sold out
listen mate I’m not going to get into the political ping pong with you but i certainly disagree with the notion that the the prime minister had any hand in this nonsense, especially when he called out infantino when he made his speech at the opening of the home of football, even I was embarrassed when rowley went on to say that fifa was a mafia and initially he was very skeptical about getting involved in the project, and he would reserve all judgement until later.

from my position, dr rowley is a straight shooter who speaks his mind and it showed when he had no reservations in telling the big boss infantino how he felt about fifa and was pulling no punches in that regard. as for the government paying this debt off, it’s not a pnm or unc thing, it all depends on if it’s legal and would it be supported by the tax payers themselves.

it’s an election year, and with this virus eating away at the worlds economy and oil prices at an all time low, this might be the worst time to even think about parting with funds for insignificant ventures. remember how patrick manning was reviled for giving the World Cup players a million each?

I have a lot against both pnm and unc... there are things I know that gives me reason to not like either one of them that I won’t speak about on a public forum...

Hadad is now in charge and this goes straight back to the govt and certain parts of the private sector, they are hell bent on using ttfa as an avenue for corruption and keeping down Cfu and Caribbean football... it’s becoming more evident by the day, which I warned everyone about
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Controversial on March 27, 2020, 10:22:22 PM
what if the government was to absolve this debt, would it be accepted by fifa or could it be perceived as government tampering? and if not, would fifa accept such an intervention and remove their measures on the TTFA?

I suggested this a while back but people said why should the govt bail them out... I’m like because it impacts the nation in a positive manner...

Now you will get pnm saying, oil is plummeting so we don’t have the money to help football but even when oil was high it’s the same excuse.. at least Wallace and Ramdhan was much more transparent than previous admins and could have been trusted to bail out football for the betterment of our society

It wouldn’t be considered tampering if they inject it into football directly and monitor payments with no direct control over it.. but then you have to ask yourself, Rowley was there when infantino visited and was neck and neck... I wouldn’t put it past them that the govt is also complicit as well and have sold out
listen mate I’m not going to get into the political ping pong with you but i certainly disagree with the notion that the the prime minister had any hand in this nonsense, especially when he called out infantino when he made his speech at the opening of the home of football, even I was embarrassed when rowley went on to say that fifa was a mafia and initially he was very skeptical about getting involved in the project, and he would reserve all judgement until later.

from my position, dr rowley is a straight shooter who speaks his mind and it showed when he had no reservations in telling the big boss infantino how he felt about fifa and was pulling no punches in that regard. as for the government paying this debt off, it’s not a pnm or unc thing, it all depends on if it’s legal and would it be supported by the tax payers themselves.

it’s an election year, and with this virus eating away at the worlds economy and oil prices at an all time low, this might be the worst time to even think about parting with funds for insignificant ventures. remember how patrick manning was reviled for giving the World Cup players a million each?

Patos did the right thing but should have done that for other sectors of society as well..

Rowley even if he had the money to allocate he wouldn’t bail them out, he’s a part of that old corrupt system.. he can throw words to make himself look like the greater person when in fact that’s to throw people off... when collusion is concerned you have certain people that will pretend to be against their friend to not let on they are complicit, it’s deception

The real test is when the economy rebounds and the dust settles, will the govt do the right thing, I doubt it, 6 decades and they haven’t
that's nonsense. dr rowley took money from a lean treasury to finish the brian lara cricket academy, he also contribute whatever little he could IN THESE ECONOMICALLY LEAN TIMES to the cpl, and i believe if we were in a better position fiscally and had surplus budgets in the past few years, then i believe it would have been very possible, more so with him than any other prime minister.

and while we're on the subject of trinidad, when was the last time you went to trinidad? some people just stay in the diaspora and caste aspersions based on popular opinions.

In Hollywood there is Hollywood accounting, a prime example is the movie Forrest Gump... over 678 million made on worldwide box office receipts, with only a 55 million dollar budget and almost the same in marketing costs, as it ran through WBs worldwide output network.

In any normal situation you would figure, Forrest Gump made money right? Well it didn’t, or according to WBs accounting it lost money. Meaning the author who created it, licensed the option made very little afterwards outside of writers residuals etc... This prompted him to not license the sequel to the movie studio, hence the reason we never saw a part two...

Let’s just say, the the public sector of certain nations work in a similar manner, whether it be energy, steel, oil etc. Meaning, how do we show losses, how do we show we didn’t make a profit? How do we cook the books to enable siphoning of public funds etc.. facts that are not Foreign to some people but some prefer silence....
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: pull stones on March 28, 2020, 12:29:42 AM
what if the government was to absolve this debt, would it be accepted by fifa or could it be perceived as government tampering? and if not, would fifa accept such an intervention and remove their measures on the TTFA?

I suggested this a while back but people said why should the govt bail them out... I’m like because it impacts the nation in a positive manner...

Now you will get pnm saying, oil is plummeting so we don’t have the money to help football but even when oil was high it’s the same excuse.. at least Wallace and Ramdhan was much more transparent than previous admins and could have been trusted to bail out football for the betterment of our society

It wouldn’t be considered tampering if they inject it into football directly and monitor payments with no direct control over it.. but then you have to ask yourself, Rowley was there when infantino visited and was neck and neck... I wouldn’t put it past them that the govt is also complicit as well and have sold out
listen mate I’m not going to get into the political ping pong with you but i certainly disagree with the notion that the the prime minister had any hand in this nonsense, especially when he called out infantino when he made his speech at the opening of the home of football, even I was embarrassed when rowley went on to say that fifa was a mafia and initially he was very skeptical about getting involved in the project, and he would reserve all judgement until later.

from my position, dr rowley is a straight shooter who speaks his mind and it showed when he had no reservations in telling the big boss infantino how he felt about fifa and was pulling no punches in that regard. as for the government paying this debt off, it’s not a pnm or unc thing, it all depends on if it’s legal and would it be supported by the tax payers themselves.

it’s an election year, and with this virus eating away at the worlds economy and oil prices at an all time low, this might be the worst time to even think about parting with funds for insignificant ventures. remember how patrick manning was reviled for giving the World Cup players a million each?

I have a lot against both pnm and unc... there are things I know that gives me reason to not like either one of them that I won’t speak about on a public forum...

Hadad is now in charge and this goes straight back to the govt and certain parts of the private sector, they are hell bent on using ttfa as an avenue for corruption and keeping down Cfu and Caribbean football... it’s becoming more evident by the day, which I warned everyone about
please mate leave me be, i can’t do this with you anymore, i’m burnt out with your conspiracy theories from the last administration, now youre back at it with the government and FIFA supposedly being in bed together because this haddad bloke is somehow a pnm supporter. look man I don’t like to curse, but right now your comments have me livid and left me feeling like cursing at you.

no more of your ridiculous notions, the government has absolutely nothing to do with fifa, they don’t need fifa for anything, in fact they have more money than fifa. you sir are a nutter.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on March 28, 2020, 03:48:21 AM
Hadad is now in charge... he’s connected to the govt... this alone tells me the govt is also complicit in this nonsense... I’m haopy we are now seeing who truly controls football and wants no part of an honest and progressive federation

Further to this, I find Fenwick is unusually quiet, what is his opinion of what is happening? He recently crossed swords with Look Loy and the board, is he happy about this or is he seeing the travesty unfolding and supporting Look Loy?

Partial credit. Badaboom badabing.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Flex on March 28, 2020, 07:22:34 AM
Hadad heads FIFA's Normalisation committee in T&T.
By Walter Alibey (Guardian).


A three-member FIFA normalization committee (NC), headed by chairman Robert Hadad, was appointed on Friday to take over the governance of T&T football with immediate effect.

FIFA, the world governing body for the sport of football, in collaboration with the Confederation of North, Central America and the Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) will appoint two more members over the coming days, a release from the FIFA stated.

The appointments came even as displaced members of the T&T Football Association (TTFA) which included president William Wallace and his three vice presidents were, through their Attorneys Dr. Emir Crowne and Matthew GW Gayle, on the verge of applying to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) to have the decision by the FIFA to appoint a normalisation committee to manage the affairs of local football rescinded.

FIFA, on March 17, took a decision to enforce articles 8.2 of its Statutes, which states: ‘Executive bodies of member associations may under exceptional circumstances be removed from office by the Council in consultation with the relevant confederation and replaced by a normalization committee for a specific period of time."

The committee is not supposed to last more than two years, with a mandate that also includes organising fresh elections of a new administration of the embattled football association.

Hadad, a businessman by profession who is one of three Chief Executive Officers of the HADCO Group of Companies, will bring a wealth of experience from the corporate community in T&T, as attempts are made to turn around an organisation that the FIFA considers being on the verge of insolvency following a claim by the TTFA that it has a crippling debt of TT$50 million.

Apart from Hadad, a member of Queen's Park Cricket Club, the committee also comprises retired international banker Nigel Romano, a Director and Partner at Moore T&T, who is also a former chairman of the JMMB Bank, as well as American-based Attorney and Environmental Law Specialist Judy Daniels, who is well respected in Environmental Law.

Guardian Media Sports was reliably informed that all three were interviewed before being appointed.

Romano told Guardian Media Sports on Friday that: "I agreed to serve and do whatever I can base on my experience and expertise which is banking, accounting and organisational management.”

"I will be bringing proper governance and then hope that we would get football back to where it should be, which is getting the youths involved, getting women involved, and making a difference to football in T&T with a more professional managing association. There is work to be done, and we will be reaching out and working with all the various interested parties to come to the right conclusions and outcomes,” said Romano.

He later admitted being stepping into uncharted waters over the next few months given the poor state of football in T&T in general, saying he has no real idea of what the road ahead will look like.

Daniel is an attorney-at-law of over 30 years experience and has had a broad practice in civil law. She started working in the Attorney General’s Chambers of T&T where she focused on providing advice and litigation on constitutional law, contracts and disputes, tort and liability claims. Daniel worked as Legal Consultant to Environmental Advisors Inc. her own self-starter company in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Daniel is highly regarded as a key advisor by senior managers as having a unique combination of strong legal and technical skills in a broad range of areas and the ability to produce workable solutions.

<Wallace team to make decision on Saturday>

When contacted Wallace on Friday said he will be meeting with his vice president Clynt Taylor, Joseph 'Sam' Phillip and Susan Joseph-Warrick to decide on their next step now that the FIFA has announced the Normalization Committee to manage T&T football for the next 24 months.

He said whatever decision they agree upon will be communicated to their lawyers Matthew GW Gayle and Dr Emir Crowne on Saturday. He said, "What decision we come to will be in the best interest of T&T football."

On March 20, the TTFA through its lawyers sends a pre-action protocol letter to FIFA to have the governing body for the sport rescind the appointment of a normalisation committee via a letter from its Secretary-General Fatima Samoura dated March March 17 and addressed to general secretary Ramesh Ramdhan.

The TTFA lawyer Gayle, also sent a letter to Tyril Patrick, who FIFA appointed as caretake administrator on March 17, until the normalisation committee, warning him that if he complies with FIFA's instructions then the formal proceeding will be initiated through the High Court. He was given until Monday 23 to respond but instead to communicated on March 21 that he indicated to FIFA that he was no longer interested in the appointment.

Meanwhile, following news on Friday that FIFA had announced the name of members of the normalisation committee Michael Awai of T&T Pro League club AC Port-of-Spain, said the debt that has burdened the country for many years will be cleared finally, while other revenue-generating initiatives such as the Home of Football, will finally be put in place. Awai, the founder of FUTGOF, Future Generation of Footballers in T&T Academy, added, the sport has been in dire need of people with a business hand and the team of Hadad, Romano and Daniel and the others two members to be named will turn the sport around.

The mandate of the normalisation committee is:

- to run the TTFA’s daily affairs;

- to establish a debt repayment plan that is implementable by the TTFA;

- to review and amend the TTFA Statutes (and other regulations where necessary) and

- to ensure their compliance with FIFA Statutes and requirements before duly submitting them for approval to the TTFA Congress;

- to organise and to conduct elections of a new TTFA executive committee for a four-year mandate.

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FIFA appoints businessman to head normalisation committee.
By Stephon Nicholas (Newsday).


EXPERIENCED businessman Robert Hadad believes he can help “clean up” the TT Football Association’s (TTFA) financial woes, making it clear that he is not aligned to any past administrators.

Hadad, who started the HADCO Group almost 30 years ago with his brothers Joseph and John, has been hired by FIFA as the chairperson of the normalisation committee to help bring some financial stability back to the TTFA.

On March 17, FIFA made the decision to disband the TTFA executive led by president William Wallace.

FIFA and CONCACAF found that TTFA was not in a position to run football effectively in a fact-finding mission and decided to break up the TTFA hierarchy and form a normalisation committee to take over. On the reasons to disband TTFA, FIFA said, “The mission found that extremely low overall financial management methods, combined with a massive debt, have resulted in the TTFA facing a very real risk of insolvency and illiquidity. Such a situation is putting at risk the organisation and development of football in the country and corrective measures need to be applied urgently.”

Wallace was only voted into office in November, 2019 and said he inherited a debt of $50 million.

Days later, it was revealed that former finance manager of the TTFA Tyril Patrick was appointed to lead the normalisation committee, but he declined the position. Patrick was an employee of the TTFA administration under former president David John-Williams, who led the local football body for four years until November, 2019.

Hadad will be joined by deputy chairperson Judy Daniel and committee member Nigel Romano on the normalisation committee. According to a media release, “FIFA administration, in consultation with CONCACAF, will appoint two more members in the coming days.

“The mandate of the normalisation committee will include the following: to run the TTFA’s daily affairs; to establish a debt repayment plan that is implementable by the TTFA; to review and amend the TTFA Statutes (and other regulations where necessary) and to ensure their compliance with the FIFA Statutes and requirements before duly submitting them for approval to the TTFA Congress; to organise and to conduct elections of a new TTFA executive committee for a four-year mandate.”

The normalisation committee’s job will end when the assigned tasks are complete, but it would not last more than 24 months.

Hadad, speaking with Newsday, said he understands the new committee’s role. “Of course everybody knows the reason why FIFA is putting in a normalisation committee, because the finances of TTFA are all over the place and they are not sure who to believe…as far as I understand my job today and the team I am with is to perform a fact-finding mission on exactly what the payables are and to rectify it in terms of a payment plan.

“How do we pay off all these debts? How do we put the TTFA back on solid foundation?”

One of the financial issues facing the TTFA recently is lack of documentation concerning the Home of Football in Couva. TTFA members continuously asked former president John-Williams to make information available.

Hadad does not have experience in football administration, but is confident he can get the job done with his experience and his lack of allegiance.

“I guess they were looking for somebody who is in business…maybe they were also looking for somebody who is not aligned to any of those parties that fought (in the elections) against David John-Williams (in) William Wallace and (Richard) Ferguson. I am not aligned to any of them.”

Concerning his fellow committee members Daniel and Romano, Hadad said they are respectable, responsible, hard working people and is excited to work with them. Hadad, who worked with Romano in the past, said he planned to talk with his fellow committee members on Friday.

When Hadad accepted the job he told FIFA he would be accessible to the media.

“I am going to be very transparent, I am extremely transparent and I told FIFA that.” Hadad said the impact of coronavirus was also a factor in him accepting the offer from FIFA.

“What made me take the job I’ll be very honest with you. In light of what has happened in the last couple of weeks I have been really moved to say corporate Trinidad cannot just sit down on the outside and not be involved in the running of key institutions in our country.”

Hadad, who is satisfied that the country has come together during the coronavirus pandemic, said he was inspired to do more.

“Is this a sign that maybe I should be doing something more? When FIFA asked me if I would do this job I said ‘yes’ because life is so short, life is too short and I said ‘let me try, at least try.’ I believe in myself and I think I have the ability to bring people together.”

This story was originally published with the title "Hadad leads TTFA normalisation committee" and has been adjusted to include additional details. See original post below.

Businessman Robert Hadad has been appointed chairperson of the FIFA normalisation committee that will take over control of local football. FIFA also appointed Judy Daniel (deputy chairperson) and Nigel L Romano (member) to the committee. FIFA made the announcement via e-mail on Friday and said it will appoint two more members in the coming days.

The FIFA press reelase said the mandate of the normalisation committee includes: to run the TTFA's daily affairs; to establish a debt repayment plan that is implementable by the TTFA; to review and amend the TTFA statutes (and other regulations where necessary) and to ensure their compliance with the FIFA statutes and requirements before duly submitting them for approval to the TTFA Congress; to organise and to conduct elections of a new TTFA Executive Committee for a four-year mandate.

The normalisation committee has 24 months maximum to fulfil its duties. No member of the normalisation committee will be permitted to vie for a post in the next TTFA elections.

Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on March 28, 2020, 08:52:28 AM
This entire chapter of the history of football  in Trinidad and Tobago is rich with irony, laden with fertilizer and not lacking contradictions. As the narrative builds there are certain inescapable conclusions from the mapping of the truth that will haunt some people even in their graves.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: socalion on March 28, 2020, 10:44:05 AM
So wait  ! I want ask if I may,   wasn't it not too long ago that the very > Fifa responsible for having statutes  adopted by the  ttfa with their  Fifa approval ?  Now Fifa wants  the very statutes they previously approved of changed !  Who de azzzz do they think they're fooling ?  Games and politics obviously at play here .  :cursing:
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Errol on March 28, 2020, 12:27:02 PM
What is upsetting is, why didn't FIFA just send their people to work alongside Wallace and company to assist in fixing things.

Then again, we all know why.

I guess the Home of Football findings was the game changer.

Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: socalion on March 28, 2020, 01:03:46 PM
The simplistic answer is fraud / corruption /  hiding behind Fifa doors ! There is a sneaking suspicion what has been discovered  thus far is getting too close to Fifa doorstep , so the so called big shots made the decision to make their move now to minimize any potential implications. It's called damage control !
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: pull stones on March 28, 2020, 02:19:14 PM
Who cares, we’ve already been sent to our rooms and mammy and daddy is getting ready to shag. with us out of the way of their naughty plans they can experiment with all the new posses mommy read and higlited on cosmopolitan.  ;)
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: socalion on March 28, 2020, 03:14:44 PM
Who cares, we’ve already been sent to our rooms and mammy and daddy is getting ready to shag. with us out of the way of their naughty plans they can experiment with all the new posses mommy read and higlited on cosmopolitan.  ;)
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: socalion on March 28, 2020, 03:50:10 PM
Not sure who was sent to his or her room homie , but I refuse to buy into that  notion for lack of a better expression , when something is unjustiable or unjust you call it out as is , expose it  for what it is .. it's corruption to its core . Whether or not the ttfa proceeds with its case to cas or not that's a decision they'll have to make but I support them 100 %  !  It's left  to be seen what will transpire..
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Controversial on March 28, 2020, 05:48:03 PM
what if the government was to absolve this debt, would it be accepted by fifa or could it be perceived as government tampering? and if not, would fifa accept such an intervention and remove their measures on the TTFA?

I suggested this a while back but people said why should the govt bail them out... I’m like because it impacts the nation in a positive manner...

Now you will get pnm saying, oil is plummeting so we don’t have the money to help football but even when oil was high it’s the same excuse.. at least Wallace and Ramdhan was much more transparent than previous admins and could have been trusted to bail out football for the betterment of our society

It wouldn’t be considered tampering if they inject it into football directly and monitor payments with no direct control over it.. but then you have to ask yourself, Rowley was there when infantino visited and was neck and neck... I wouldn’t put it past them that the govt is also complicit as well and have sold out
listen mate I’m not going to get into the political ping pong with you but i certainly disagree with the notion that the the prime minister had any hand in this nonsense, especially when he called out infantino when he made his speech at the opening of the home of football, even I was embarrassed when rowley went on to say that fifa was a mafia and initially he was very skeptical about getting involved in the project, and he would reserve all judgement until later.

from my position, dr rowley is a straight shooter who speaks his mind and it showed when he had no reservations in telling the big boss infantino how he felt about fifa and was pulling no punches in that regard. as for the government paying this debt off, it’s not a pnm or unc thing, it all depends on if it’s legal and would it be supported by the tax payers themselves.

it’s an election year, and with this virus eating away at the worlds economy and oil prices at an all time low, this might be the worst time to even think about parting with funds for insignificant ventures. remember how patrick manning was reviled for giving the World Cup players a million each?

I have a lot against both pnm and unc... there are things I know that gives me reason to not like either one of them that I won’t speak about on a public forum...

Hadad is now in charge and this goes straight back to the govt and certain parts of the private sector, they are hell bent on using ttfa as an avenue for corruption and keeping down Cfu and Caribbean football... it’s becoming more evident by the day, which I warned everyone about
please mate leave me be, i can’t do this with you anymore, i’m burnt out with your conspiracy theories from the last administration, now youre back at it with the government and FIFA supposedly being in bed together because this haddad bloke is somehow a pnm supporter. look man I don’t like to curse, but right now your comments have me livid and left me feeling like cursing at you.

no more of your ridiculous notions, the government has absolutely nothing to do with fifa, they don’t need fifa for anything, in fact they have more money than fifa. you sir are a nutter.

And how exactly do you think Hadad name came up? Do you actually think they pulled his name from a hat? why was he recommended and from who? If the Dictator recommended him, which he pulled from the private sector, Hadco, the Hadad brothers, very much connected to the govt ....

You doubted me beforehand and you were wrong, it’s  like you don’t want to believe even though it keeps revealing itself to you..

You can do your corruption and steal etc, but why was the team losing in the process? Bc they sabotaged the damn team, it’s not just about power and money, it’s about TT not being a force in the region and the cfu both on and off the field..

Keep playing blind brother ...
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Controversial on March 28, 2020, 06:12:19 PM
What is upsetting is, why didn't FIFA just send their people to work alongside Wallace and company to assist in fixing things.

Then again, we all know why.

I just the Home of Football findings was the game changer.



Remember in the constitution it stated that you have to be or in a management role in football for X amount of years, that’s what the criteria was?

Well fifa circumvented that, Hadad has no experience in the area, now he is running football in TT for the next two years. SO why was that clause even in the voting process? Bc now they have a compadre bc when you think of it, it was a dumb clause but they only exercised getting rid of it now when they were caught in corruption and TT football was heading in the right direction
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Tallman on March 28, 2020, 06:23:34 PM
Former national footballer and acting Chairman of the T&T Pro League, Brent Sancho, is in full support of the normalizing committee set up by FIFA to govern the affairs of Trinidad and Tobago football.

https://www.youtube.com/v/lLVv8Vm3LCw
Title: Wallace: Our decision must not affect T&T football
Post by: Tallman on March 28, 2020, 07:32:41 PM
Wallace: Our decision must not affect T&T football
By Walter Alibey (T&T Guardian)

Ousted T&T Football Association (TTFA), which is led by William Wallace, will decide today on whether it will challenge the decision by FIFA to appoint a Normalisation Committee to govern T&T football, or if they will just accept it.

Wallace told Guardian Media Sports yesterday that his decision will depend on the impact it will have on the sport locally.

"If it jeopardises T&T football then I am willing to walk away. I would not be selfish and see the sport destroyed. And the good thing is that all the other officers in the TTFA are on the same page, so whatever decision we make, it must, in no way affect the sport,” Wallace said.

The football association Attorneys Emir Crowne and Matthew Gayle have been awaiting the response of the TTFA executive on what will be their next move, in light of the recent decision by the world governing body for the sport of football, FIFA, to appoint a five-member committee to govern T&T football after it was found to be heading towards insolvency.

FIFA on March 17 agreed to appoint a Normalisation Committee for local football after a visit by a team from the FIFA and CONCACAF found that there was not a proper structure for local football, and there was also an inability to clear a $50 million debt that has been crippling local football.

The TTFA, through its lawyers, has said it will seek justice on the FIFA through the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) and had already sent a letter to the FIFA asking it (FIFA) to rescind its decision to send a Normalisation Committee. They had given the FIFA up to March 23 to respond but the FIFA never did.

On Friday, FIFA backed up its decision by appointing businessman Robert Hadad to head the five-member committee. He will have as his deputy Environmental lawyer Judy Daniels and Nigel Romano, another businessman, to carry out FIFA’s mandate of running the TTFA's daily affairs; Establishing a debt repayment plan that is implementable by the TTFA; To review and amend the TTFA Statutes (and other regulations where necessary) and to ensure their compliance with the FIFA Statutes and requirements before duly submitting them for approval to the TTFA Congress, and to organise and to conduct elections of a new TTFA executive committee for a four-year mandate.

The committee is to be joined by two other members, who FIFA, in collaboration with the CONCACAF will name in the coming days.

Wallace said yesterday that in addition to protecting T&T football, he and his members have had to consider the huge cost involved in challenging FIFA through the CAS, as well as the repercussions they could face in challenging the world governing body for football.

"We are hearing that we face challenges of not getting the support of the FIFA if we are successful against the FIFA through the CAS.

"I can tell you though, that we face a serious injustice," Wallace told Guardian Media Sports, adding that he is uncertain if he will consider going up for re-elections when the committee has finished its mandate by the two-year period.

"I think it is a bit premature to think about that but I may see a way that I can assist T&T football and may consider it, I don’t know. It all depends on how I can help T&T football."
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: pull stones on March 28, 2020, 09:33:04 PM
Former national footballer and acting Chairman of the T&T Pro League, Brent Sancho, is in full support of the normalizing committee set up by FIFA to govern the affairs of Trinidad and Tobago football.

https://www.youtube.com/v/lLVv8Vm3LCw
i can’t stand the best bone in this man’s body.

By the sound of his voice You could actually visualize him trying his best to hold back his laughter, who laugh last is the name of the game though, i hope yuh laugh good.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: pull stones on March 28, 2020, 09:52:47 PM
Thank god that there’s justice in the world, it may not always show up when we want it but it shows up when we least expect. jack warner thought that he would never be dethroned, he was in government as the deputy political leader and minister of works and transport, he was also fifa Vice President, concacaf president, CFU president and chairman of the election center of excellence and chairman of joe public, and one by one he started crumbling.

first he lost his transport ministry, then he was banned from FIFA losing all three portfolios in succession, then he was totally removed from the government, then the center of excellence was taken from him, then he lost his football club, then he was indicted by the FBI and is awaiting extradition, now today, the most venerated individual the man who wore many hats is about to lose his freedom, I only hope infantino and montagliani is taking notes, because their fall is immanent, just like blazer, blatter and Jeffery web.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: maxg on March 28, 2020, 10:16:07 PM
Mr Wallace, TT Football is already affected, afflicted and/or infected, regardless of your decision. Even if FIFA themselves pay off the 50 M debt, and put the football back in one of their puppets hands, what from past history and puppeteers modus operandi (inclusive of puppet masters, Veron et al) tell you where our football will be. No sir, you would not have any more negative effect on our football than what there is already. Unless your lawyers themselves run up a further significant bill that add to the debt -  your only contribution to the debt. New FIFA corruption, any corruption, is your duty to expose to the best of your ability as others have recently done. Otherwise if you are aware of a crime and choose to do nothing aren't you complicit. Does our football absolutely need FIFA to develop within the next decade ? Does FIFA need us ? Martinique has strong support of France, but their players do quite well outside of FIFA, Yet still a member of CFU and CONCACAF. 
True, you guys are the ones facing the music, but if y'all leave, will football continue to dance to the new old music. We weren't dancing before. Best Wishes, and God Help in your decisions.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on March 29, 2020, 04:19:57 AM
Mr Wallace, TT Football is already affected, afflicted and/or infected, regardless of your decision. Even if FIFA themselves pay off the 50 M debt, and put the football back in one of their puppets hands, what from past history and puppeteers modus operandi (inclusive of puppet masters, Veron et al) tell you where our football will be. No sir, you would not have any more negative effect on our football than what there is already. Unless your lawyers themselves run up a further significant bill that add to the debt -  your only contribution to the debt. New FIFA corruption, any corruption, is your duty to expose to the best of your ability as others have recently done. Otherwise if you are aware of a crime and choose to do nothing aren't you complicit. Does our football absolutely need FIFA to develop within the next decade ? Does FIFA need us ? Martinique has strong support of France, but their players do quite well outside of FIFA, Yet still a member of CFU and CONCACAF. 
True, you guys are the ones facing the music, but if y'all leave, will football continue to dance to the new old music. We weren't dancing before. Best Wishes, and God Help in your decisions.

Ent.
Title: Re: Wallace: Our decision must not affect T&T football
Post by: asylumseeker on March 29, 2020, 04:43:28 AM
Wallace: Our decision must not affect T&T football
By Walter Alibey (T&T Guardian)

Ousted T&T Football Association (TTFA), which is led by William Wallace, will decide today on whether it will challenge the decision by FIFA to appoint a Normalisation Committee to govern T&T football, or if they will just accept it.

Wallace told Guardian Media Sports yesterday that his decision will depend on the impact it will have on the sport locally.

"If it jeopardises T&T football then I am willing to walk away. I would not be selfish and see the sport destroyed. And the good thing is that all the other officers in the TTFA are on the same page, so whatever decision we make, it must, in no way affect the sport,” Wallace said.

The football association Attorneys Emir Crowne and Matthew Gayle have been awaiting the response of the TTFA executive on what will be their next move, in light of the recent decision by the world governing body for the sport of football, FIFA, to appoint a five-member committee to govern T&T football after it was found to be heading towards insolvency.

FIFA on March 17 agreed to appoint a Normalisation Committee for local football after a visit by a team from the FIFA and CONCACAF found that there was not a proper structure for local football, and there was also an inability to clear a $50 million debt that has been crippling local football.

The TTFA, through its lawyers, has said it will seek justice on the FIFA through the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) and had already sent a letter to the FIFA asking it (FIFA) to rescind its decision to send a Normalisation Committee. They had given the FIFA up to March 23 to respond but the FIFA never did.

On Friday, FIFA backed up its decision by appointing businessman Robert Hadad to head the five-member committee. He will have as his deputy Environmental lawyer Judy Daniels and Nigel Romano, another businessman, to carry out FIFA’s mandate of running the TTFA's daily affairs; Establishing a debt repayment plan that is implementable by the TTFA; To review and amend the TTFA Statutes (and other regulations where necessary) and to ensure their compliance with the FIFA Statutes and requirements before duly submitting them for approval to the TTFA Congress, and to organise and to conduct elections of a new TTFA executive committee for a four-year mandate.

The committee is to be joined by two other members, who FIFA, in collaboration with the CONCACAF will name in the coming days.

Wallace said yesterday that in addition to protecting T&T football, he and his members have had to consider the huge cost involved in challenging FIFA through the CAS, as well as the repercussions they could face in challenging the world governing body for football.

"We are hearing that we face challenges of not getting the support of the FIFA if we are successful against the FIFA through the CAS.

"I can tell you though, that we face a serious injustice," Wallace told Guardian Media Sports, adding that he is uncertain if he will consider going up for re-elections when the committee has finished its mandate by the two-year period.

"I think it is a bit premature to think about that but I may see a way that I can assist T&T football and may consider it, I don’t know. It all depends on how I can help T&T football."

Dahis what people will tell yuh but it is not a position that FIFA could sustain institutionally even if there were to be political manoeuvres made in-house to frustrate the TTFA. 
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Flex on March 29, 2020, 07:22:39 AM
Wallace: We are deliberating next move.
By Jelani Beckles (Newsday).


OUSTED president of the TT Football Association (TTFA) William Wallace, said his team is not rushing into a decision on what their next move would be after a normalisation committee was selected to run the TTFA.

On Friday, local businessman Robert Hadad was chosen as the chairperson of the normalisation committee. He will be joined by deputy chairperson Judy Daniel and member Nigel Romano. According to a media release the FIFA administration, in consultation with CONCACAF, will appoint two more members in the coming days.

FIFA said the mandate of the normalisation committee will include establishing a debt repayment plan that is implementable by the TTFA.

The normalisation committee’s job will end when the assigned tasks are complete, but it would not last more than 24 months.

On March 17, FIFA made the decision to disband the TTFA executive led by president Wallace.

On Saturday, Wallace said his team is uncertain what the next move will be after the three-member normalisation committee was chosen.

“We are still contemplating our next move. We are certain that whatever we do we do not want to affect football in TT negatively, so that is a consideration that we are definitely putting in the mix. Therefore, based on that we have to be careful as to how we proceed, so we are not running into anything with any kind of haste. We are taking our time to deliberate on this before we make our next move.”

FIFA and CONCACAF found that TTFA was not in a position to run football effectively in a fact-finding mission and decided to break up the TTFA hierarchy and form a normalisation committee to take over. Among the reasons FIFA gave to break up the TTFA was the massive debt facing local football, which is said to be $50 million.

Wallace was only voted into office in November, 2019 and inherited the debt.

Days after Wallace and his executive were removed, it was revealed that former finance manager of the TTFA, Tyril Patrick, was appointed to lead the normalisation committee, but he declined the position. Patrick was an employee of the TTFA administration under former president David John-Williams, who led the local football body for four years until November, 2019.

Before Patrick turned down the position, Dr Emir Crowne and Matthew Gayle, the sports lawyers representing Wallace and his former executive, sent Patrick a pre-action protocol letter on March 20.

The lawyers warned Patrick that if he attempted to interfere with the operations of the TTFA and the operations of the executive then they would seek assistance from the courts to prevent him and other people from doing that.

Prior to the three members being appointed to the normalisation committee, Gayle said they intended to fight FIFA for breaking up the TTFA. They are stating that Wallace and his team were elected and an external body has no right to take control of a local body.

Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Flex on March 29, 2020, 07:46:28 AM
CFU member: Dear TTFA, you broke the unwritten rule against ‘witch hunts’
Wired868.


“Based on my experience as a president, nine years now, the parent bodies don’t like those witch hunts because they are considered counter-productive to football development.

“[…] There’s an unwritten script that was set up by the parent bodies and it seems your member association didn’t follow that script…”

The following is a letter written by the football president of a member association within the Caribbean Football Union (CFU)—in response to a request for support by Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) general secretary Ramesh Ramdhan:

Dear general secretary Ramdhan,

Your email and its contents are well received and understood. I was waiting for 24 hours to pass to see if the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) president, executive committee or a member association (MA) would [have] responded to your email. Maybe they did privately.

The CFU has changed over the years. Everything happens now in a vacuum and only a privileged few gets to know what’s happening. Sorry to tell you but every MA is on its own if it has an issue or problem. You have to report directly to Fifa or Concacaf appointed staff to bring your issue to light, then it will be resolved [based] on their findings.

The CFU is non-existent when it comes to assisting in solving conflicts. There [have] been great strides made on the administrative side: [with] the hosting of youth and girls tournaments and adopting new statutes to be in-line with Fifa and Concacaf. But it’s not a political force, as it was in the past.

The assistance and solidarity you are seeking would not be openly given by the majority of the countries, based on what has been put in place by the parent bodies and what line the CFU president and his executive committee is currently holding.

Football administration is a tedious task and there is a fine line between development work and political [witch] hunts. Almost all presidents and new administrations in football go through a scenario of [having to decide] if the will devote time, money and resources on the past administrations’ dealings, or concentrate on the present and future.

Based on my experience as a president, nine years now, the parent bodies don’t like those witch hunts because they are considered counter-productive to football development.

After reviewing the documentation you presented, it seems that witch hunt was a part of your agenda. There’s an unwritten script that was set up by the parent bodies and it seems your MA didn’t follow that script.

I’m not picking sides but what I saw in the media, it seems there was a lot of miscommunication between the parent bodies and your MA. The three entities saw the situation differently.

Looking at it from far, it seems an injustice was done to your MA by removing a duly elected executive committee just under four months from being in office. I just wished cooler heads could [have] prevailed before it had reached this far.

This kind of drastic action could [have] happened to any MA if there is miscommunication or misperception of the situation on the ground in a particular country.

I wish you well in your fight and I hope the other Caribbean countries support you in your quest for information and reasoning as [you take] your case forward.

Regards,

Editor’s Note: Wired868 agreed to publish this letter from a CFU president anonymously.

Title: Glasgow tells TTFA to co-operate with FIFA
Post by: Tallman on March 29, 2020, 08:06:19 AM
Glasgow tells TTFA to co-operate with FIFA
By Jelani Beckles (T&T Newsday)


POPULAR event promoter Randy Glasgow has given his opinion on the current situation concerning the T&T Football Association (TTFA) and FIFA.

Glasgow believes former president William Wallace and the now disbanded TTFA executive should not battle FIFA on their decision to appoint a normalisation committee.

FIFA appointed a normalisation committee on Friday to run the affairs of the TTFA for a maximum of two years, which will mainly be responsible for clearing the $50 million debt the local football body is currently facing.

Wallace was elected as president of the TTFA in November 2019 and inherited the heavy debt. Wallace and his team are now looking at their legal options with the help of sports lawyers Dr Emir Crowne and Matthew Gayle.

In a release to the media, Glasgow said, “FIFA made the rules and only they could alter it, which means you cannot and will never win them.”

Glasgow encouraged TTFA to not take any legal action against FIFA. “My advice to TTFA – save your legal fees and co-operate with FIFA and its team. Two years is not far away. If you won an election once you could win twice. By then all the debts will be paid off and resources needed to move forward will be available. Why the resistance?”

Glasgow believes the normalisation committee will benefit T&T football. “Think it over chairman Wallace and your team. If you have the national interest, footballers (and) other stakeholders at heart please let the national restructuring and rebuilding start immediately.”
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: ABTrini on March 29, 2020, 08:27:40 AM
Not withstanding speculation, politics, conspiracy theories, hypothesis, or any other private or hidden agenda,  what is are the implications of this action by FIFA ? Did we lose our focus on the game in all this?
  Is this move one to ensure:
A.  Financial and administrative competencies are in place to conduct the " business" of football in Tn T?
B What is the pass success of committees like this in resolving the situation in other countries?
C. Will FIFA assist the appointed committee in rectifying the debt and management of TTFA?

It never cease to amaze me that certain elected chair persons of TTFA were  struggling by the challenges of running profitable footballl clubs yet felt that the skills or competencies they possess could be  efficient to manage the nation's football.

This move by FIFA does tug at the ego and the optics of our abilities to take charge of our affairs. What has resulted here, is one compiled of years of ineptitude and mismanagement.
If in two years local appointed directors could rectify this situation then is this not an outcome that would benefit TnT?

I am astonished that for the sake of comparison within the region that a country like Haiti with an economy less flattering than ours is able to achieve success on the field in their National teams?
 How are they managing this ?

What is the role of our pro league executives in this? Pro league owners ar the end of the day is about making money and attempting to make a profit from the sport- is the love and deep desire for the game and the success of our national teams a priority? 

I grew up in an era prior to the pro league and suffice to say the national passion, regional rivarilies were unsurpassed to  community and national support for football.
The very structure that was suppose to support the growth and support the player may also be adding to the demise of our focus on the game in and of itself and the focus of those elected to safeguard it.

Today we are politicking the outcome and decision of FIFA - and yes  I too am shamed that it had to get to this stage but could we be objective and montitor the impact this may have on bringing back a focus on the game for TnT .

We need to wash our hands clean of this insidious virus which has been plaguing our football for decades- need  to isolate from corruption and kickbacks self politizing and grandstanding and distance ourselves from the detractors  . Focus on the game and revive a national passion for our country as a footballl nation. You can't just talk this it has to be instilled and be embedded in how we run our business  throughout each individual player to each club right up to the pro leagues and our TTFA.  We have to have a new normal not a constant rehashing of what was -  eradicate the virus from our football once and for all.
My two cents.

Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: raj on March 29, 2020, 11:29:16 AM
How does the appointment of this normalization committee affect the present situation ? Does all the work and strategic planning done by the ousted TTFA administration become null and void? Are all the coaching appointments from senior team to U-15 cancelled and no longer in effect with the new committee charged with naming replacements? Also, what about the player identification programs in place for UK, US and Rest of World for prospective players. I have not seen any discussions on this at all. What gives?
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: socalion on March 29, 2020, 12:21:06 PM
Very valid point ! I guess we have to wait on the rest of the script to unfold , it's left to be seen .
Title: Wallace, VPs need $$$ to challenge FIFA
Post by: Tallman on March 29, 2020, 08:46:25 PM
Wallace, VPs need $$$ to challenge FIFA
By Walter Alibey (T&T Guardian)


Former president of the T&T Football Association (TTFA) William Wallace will have to find an estimated TT$300,000 to $500,000 for legal costs if he and his three vice presidents are to challenge the world governing body for football (FIFA) in their efforts of overturning FIFA's decision to removed them from office and implement a Normalisation Committee to manage the affairs of T&T football.

This is just one of the many factors being considered by Wallace and former vice presidents Clynt Taylor, Joseph Sam Phillip and Susan Joseph-Warrick, as they struggle to decide before they instruct their Attorneys Dr Emir Crowne and Matthew GW Gayle.

Wallace, who was elected president on November 24, 2019, of the TTFA, is considering mounting a challenge against FIFA through the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Switzerland.

On Saturday Wallace, the former president of the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) said a determination on what action to take was going to be made on Sunday, but when Guardian Media Sports contacted him he said they were still at the same position as the day before.

The embattled T&TFA elected officers have been trying to cope with a decision made by FIFA on March 17 to enforce articles 8.2 of its Statutes and appoint a normalization committee to govern T&T football, which officially removed them all executive positions.

Wallace said on Saturday that their decision would depend on whether the country's football would be impacted. But while he remained mum on their next move yesterday, T&TFA general secretary Ramesh Ramdhan said the football association, though in a cash-strapped position, would have to spend up to approximately half a million dollars to fight their case.

Ramdhan, a contracted employee, believes the statutes of the FIFA is another key factor preventing the T&TFA from mounting a legal challenge, saying: “When we challenge FIFA and win, then what. What about the repercussions. Where would it leave us and our football? Whatever is done then the broader interest of football, must be put first.”

He told Guardian Media Sports on Sunday that the FIFA statutes are heavily weighted against litigation and because of this, the country could face additional costs if it wins, as well as being suspended, as many clauses allow the FIFA to take action against Member Nations that take it to court. Ramdhan, a former FIFA World Cup referee, who publicly admitted that he has had to borrow money to pay the TTFA's staff in February, explained that the association could also face the possibility of paying huge sums to the FIFA should the challengers lose through CAS.

On Wednesday, FIFA named businessman Robert Hadad, one of three directors of the HADCO Group of Companies as chairman of the Normalization committee with attorney Judy Daniel, a specialist in Environmental Law as deputy chairman and Nigel Romano, a former president of the JMMB Bank who is now a Director and partner at Moore T&T as a member.

FIFA said the other two members will be named in the coming days.

The normalization committee has been given a mandate by FIFA: To run the TTFA's daily affairs; To establish a debt repayment plan that is implementable by the TTFA; To review and amend the TTFA Statutes (and other regulations where necessary): To ensure their compliance with FIFA Statutes and requirements before duly submitting them for approval to the TTFA Congress; and To organise and to conduct elections of a new TTFA executive committee for a four-year mandate.

Ramdhan said the TTFA was attempting to do the same thing but was stopped prematurely and unfairly.

Meanwhile, with also a week gone since the naming of the committee, Wallace said his team will make its decision soon as it still has a lot of time to do so.
Title: Murphy’s law—A painful saga for TTFA
Post by: Tallman on March 29, 2020, 08:55:53 PM
Murphy’s law—A painful saga for TTFA
By Colin Murray (T&T Guardian)


Following my column last week, several readers asked me if I supported the current T&T Football Association (TTFA) administration as I appeared to not support the previous one. I chuckled to myself as this episode with FIFA has nothing to do with whom I support or don’t support, I simply support what is fair.

It is interesting to note however that the current executive of the TTFA is receiving outstanding support from their member associations. Then, there are those members who no matter what, will find fault and criticise simply because they don’t want the particular executive to run the sport.

If you belong to any organisation, there will certainly be a few individuals who try their best to find fault with the executive simply because they may not get their way. But generally, as one source pointed out, “Those individuals are haters” and one has to ignore their rantings and do what is best.

One body that interestingly supports FIFA’s establishment of a normalisation committee to steer the financial and statutory affairs of the TTFA is the Board of the T&T Pro League. On one hand, a release from the Pro League had indicated that it had unanimously accepted the decision by FIFA but then, the rumours began to make the rounds that it was not unanimous. Whether or not unanimous, like in all democratic organisations when it was put to the vote, the majority of Pro League clubs had voted in favour of the normalisation committee.

Meanwhile, when one looks at the clubs that make up the Pro League, it is not difficult to understand why. Let’s be honest, the Pro League has struggled over the years for sustainable crowds, financial stability, adequate sponsorship, marketing and branding and proper direction.

As one of my WhatsApp chat group members sent in a message, “Pro League games still on despite COVID-19 fears as there would be no more than 25 people and they can sit 20 feet apart”. Unfortunate, but it does make you sit up and think.

The Pro League has had and continues to have credible individuals within their midst. I have no doubt that their heart is in football and they see this takeover by FIFA as a welcomed opportunity for them to lean on the world governing body to receive some funding to address the needs of the League. Funding is good, but it is obvious the League cannot see this funding coming from the TTFA; even if they get the money, the work only then begins.

Who is going to rebrand and market the league? Where is the sponsorship money coming from besides FIFA? How will the communities be enticed? Are they going to continue playing in big, empty stadiums?

I genuinely hope the league walks the talk they are preaching. The time for mudslinging, character assassinations and egotism in our football should be kicked out and we move to work as one; nice words I am sure, but I often wonder, how many of them can really hold their heads up high and be true to their words?

It is quite obvious that with the support the ousted executive of the TTFA is a beneficiary of, they feel hard done by and quite frankly, it remains difficult to not agree with them. They have already issued a pre-action protocol letter to battle the mighty FIFA through the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland, often referred to as the Supreme Court of sporting disputes. Quite a few people in football have told me that the TTFA doesn’t stand a chance. I certainly won’t doubt them as FIFA seems to be on solid ground and when they are not, they threaten an association by debarring them from all levels of football - you just can’t seem to win any battle with FIFA.

It is an extremely sad situation as the decision to instate a normalisation committee is not only premature but goes completely against the grain of a newly elected democratic organisation that was not given ample opportunity to try and succeed. The other unfortunate situation facing the TTFA is that they do not have and will fail to have support from the other Caribbean nations as they themselves could face a similar situation. So they will, as a friend of mine says, “Eat their biscuit and shut their mouth”.

You see, say whatever you wish about Austin Jack Warner - love him or loathe him, this could have never happened in his era. Caribbean football was strong; the region was united and the 31 votes we had were not fragmented.

But unfortunately, it does not appear so today and when I read the president of the Caribbean Football Union making comments about how difficult it will be to adequately administer football in T&T, I wondered whether he checked with the TTFA executive about their plans. More importantly, where was he over the last four years? I suppose he ought to be guarded with his words.

Some burning questions remain at the forefront of this brutal saga: if FIFA was so concerned with T&T football, why didn’t they send in their financial wizards to work with the TTFA? How come FIFA’s fact-finding team said to the TTFA not to bother to use the ‘Home of Football’ as a revenue-generating measure? Did the TTFA not say to the mission that the debt will be cleared in two to three years? What is the real reason FIFA removed the executive of the TTFA? And why is there a need for new elections following the work of the normalisation committee?

As I’ve stated previously, this takeover by the high and mighty stinks to the extreme. But I admire the democratically elected TTFA executive for battling against what is unjust and relentlessly pursuing what they believe in. Will they win their battle at CAS? Only time will tell.

But if they don’t, as Murphy’s law goes, anything that can go wrong will go wrong. A painful reality indeed.
Title: Hadad ready for TTFA challenge
Post by: Tallman on March 29, 2020, 09:08:11 PM
Hadad ready for TTFA challenge
T&T Guardian


Newly appointed chairman of the FIFA-designated Normalisation Committee (NC), Robert Hadad, was surprised by the call to head the unit but expressed a genuine willingness to help put T&T football back on the right path. This after the William Wallace-led T&T Football Association (TTFA) was disbanded by FIFA on March 17 after it was elected on November 24, 2019.

Hadad, who was placed in charge of T&T’s football with immediate effect, spoke passionately on i95.5fm Isports' Saturday programme with host Andre Errol Baptiste on the road ahead.

“Football here in Trinidad and Tobago is huge, people love the game. It is a privilege to be involved in it, whatever the circumstances I am coming into," said Hadad, who is one of three Chief Executive Officers of the HADCO Group of Companies.

"I have watched the TTFA have many challenges over the years. I know fans and people love football, it brings out a sense of patriotism in everybody. We long for an association, a national team to be proud of, makes all of us feel good and I share that aim and that is why I agreed to help and that is what I want to achieve."

He is part of five-member NC appointed on Friday to take over the governance of T&T football along with retired international banker Nigel Romano, a Director and Partner at Moore T&T, who is also a former chairman of the JMMB Bank, as well as American-based Attorney and Environmental Law Specialist Judy Daniel. There are two members still to be named by FIFA in the coming days.

Surprise call from FIFA

According to Hadad, a couple of weeks ago he got a phone call and was bluntly asked if he was interested in being a part of the NC?

"It took me back a bit and I sat down and said wow!" said Hadad honestly. "I do not know where this came from, I am guessing that they asked around. When they contacted me, I was taken aback and surprised. A couple of friends of mines called me and said, some people are asking about you, I didn’t know who it was."

However, he didn't let the uncertainty deter him from taking up the challenge with current pandemic nudging him towards committing to the post.

"This Covid-19 shook me up and I said, I really should get involved and make a difference. I saw the patriotism and the dedication of many members in our government and people stepping up to the plate and making an effort and our health care workers," Hadad internalised, saying to himself: "You have a talent, you have an ability, why don’t you get involved in this and try to make a difference, and it drove me to the point, where I said 'Yes FIFA', I am interested.”

He was interviewed by about three to four people from FIFA about his life and career, his involvement in football and if any affiliations.

"I don’t know, how they picked me. A few people in FIFA contacted me, they are from the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) and CONCACAF, " said Hadad, who describes himself as a 'real family man'.

Hadad worked with Brown, Camps

“I have been in the family business (Hadco, Lighthouse, Peppercorn and Nova), for the last 30 years. We started our own business, my two brothers and I. Our father died at 49 and we had to decide to take care of our family.

"My degree is in accounting (University of the West Indies). I am a real Caribbean Boy. I love my country and I love everything about T&T, said Hadad, who worked in accounting at Peat Marwick, before the family business got going in 1992. However, it was while working at Peat Marwick in 1990 he got into the administrative side of the football.

"I worked with Ralph Brown and Ollie (Oliver) Camps at the end of the 'Road to Italy 1989'. I was an auditor and my assignment was actually working on the Road to World Cup Fund and doing the audit for them afterwards, so it's kind of funny, that 30-plus years afterwards, I am here now, trying to make an impact, back in football and maybe turn things around a bit.

“I love football, I love sport, I am a real sports fanatic it is a big source of problems with my wife and myself. When we sit at night all I want to look at is sports, she wants to look at a romantic comedy, every night it is the same story she falls asleep after five minutes," said Hadad said jokingly. he revealed that his youngest son piqued his interest in the sport locally. He is an aspiring goalkeeper with Queen's Park Cricket Club football team and he made it onto the national team.

Meeting with football stakeholders

Hadad, who is involved in a sponsorship mechanism with the Camboulay Foundation, has become the most popular individual in local football as former executive members have already reached out to him.

“My phone has been on fire. I spoke to Mr Wallace (William, the former president) and I got a Whatsapp message from Mr David John-Williams, telling me congratulations. I kind of know all the players here at stake, in the association. I have already spoken with Ramesh Ramdhan (TTFA general secretary).

"My objective is for people to recognise that I am not here favouring one side or the other. I don’t know why we are here, I know it is not the fault of any one particular administrative group. I am guessing that we are here because of many mistakes along the road. I am just here to try with the team that I am involved in to make things better. The best way we could put TTFA back on the right track,” said Hadad.

He explained that “We came together already, individually Nigel Romano and myself, Judy and myself, have spoken a few times. We are in touch with each other but at the end of the day, we need to decide, when those other two people come on, what are the assets of those two people the bottom line for us is that over the next two weeks we cannot do much, we are going to be strapped down like everybody else in our homes. "FIFA did what it had to do for whatever reasons. I am just seeing an opportunity to put T&T football back on the right track."

NC now running TTFA day-to-day affairs

Moving forward under FIFA, Hadad cited that the NC has a clear remit, to run the TTFA daily affairs, analyse the current financial situation with a quick debt repayment plan and decide exactly how they are getting there, where are they getting this money to cover each expense. "We will looking at the statutes and the regulations so that we can comply with the FIFA statues because that is very important and then we have to organise an election,” explained Hadad.

Hadad revealed he is not interested in any remuneration for this job: “I made it clear when I took this job that I am not interested in any payment. Outlined in the contract is a stipend for expenses and whatever, but to be quite frank with you, I am so happy in my life and my skin. I love where I am in my life and I am just ready to give back to my country and at this time of need.”

Confidentiality is key in the process

Hadad went on to touch on the importance of confidentiality, on the TTFA office, meeting with individuals that will aid in getting T&T back on the right path.

“Everybody has to respect that (confidentiality). We must keep the matters of FIFA between us and FIFA and what is to come out to the wider population will come out. But at the end of the day, we are not here to dig up any bones that have been buried over the years and go back and figure out, who did what and who did that. We are not interested in that, we are interested in taking a position of the day and making a better organisation for all of us to be proud of,” said Hadad.

Seeking advice from Guyana's Urling

He explained that the current situation at the moment with the offices of the TTFA will remain unchanged and that he plans to reach out to the former head of the NC in Guyana Clinton Urling to get some information, so I am planning to spend a lot of time on Skype or zoom but we are not going to the office because it is illegal and we have to respect that. So we in holding pattern for a couple of weeks,” said Hadad, who added that all contracts given by TTFA will be upheld.

“I am guessing we have to maintain the contracts with everybody, we cannot walk in there and cancel a contract of anybody but we will have to read the contracts. We will have to find out exactly how long these contracts are for and have to meet with the coaches. We're probably going to have to meet with everybody, the technical director and the rest of the members of the staff and decide what is the best way for football. But I am clear in my mind that we need to divide the business into the day-to-day running, cleaning up of the accounts payable, the technical side. All of that will be decided in the next couple of months.

Hadad said, "I am going to follow the guidelines of FIFA. I am not a 'yes man' so I will challenge FIFA. Me and my team we will challenge them because we know the dynamics of our country, we know what Trinbagonions want and we are going to try to do our very best.”
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Deeks on March 29, 2020, 10:09:59 PM
Mr Wallace, TT Football is already affected, afflicted and/or infected, regardless of your decision. Even if FIFA themselves pay off the 50 M debt, and put the football back in one of their puppets hands, what from past history and puppeteers modus operandi (inclusive of puppet masters, Veron et al) tell you where our football will be. No sir, you would not have any more negative effect on our football than what there is already. Unless your lawyers themselves run up a further significant bill that add to the debt -  your only contribution to the debt. New FIFA corruption, any corruption, is your duty to expose to the best of your ability as others have recently done. Otherwise if you are aware of a crime and choose to do nothing aren't you complicit. Does our football absolutely need FIFA to develop within the next decade ? Does FIFA need us ? Martinique has strong support of France, but their players do quite well outside of FIFA, Yet still a member of CFU and CONCACAF. 
True, you guys are the ones facing the music, but if y'all leave, will football continue to dance to the new old music. We weren't dancing before. Best Wishes, and God Help in your decisions.

Ent.

I don't know what Martinique has to do with this. Martinique is French depart. They can play regional football, not WC. You have to be independent to play. Any  French colony players can play for France. That has been for the longest while.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: maxg on March 30, 2020, 02:02:10 AM
My point is, so what if we can’t play WC for the next 10 or so years. If Fifa go so low , when our case is won, as to dismiss us as a member, it would only give us a chance to work on our development and continue to play regional tournaments. Better for both growth. We won’t be going a WC soon in the world state nor our own state, for quite sometime . Martinique (as reference of non-WC participants is all) does very well with what they have and do. How much stadia they have again ? France supports them, but they don’t spoil them. They work they tail off to be even get a sniff of travel. When we are ready and able to test ourselves against CFU and the odd Concacaf exhibition, with consistently positive results, on and OFF the field. Only then, if ppl want they can go beg Fifa to give us permission to show off, and let a few of us play with Villa and ManU.
Joke: doh ask meh how Villa and ManU come in this, eh Deeks . ;D ;D
Btw, How yuh making out with the virus? I imagine y’all on extra care and lock down. Hope everyone is fine. Only one of my club members in ICU so far, but not critical.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: maxg on March 30, 2020, 09:10:02 AM
https://www.tas-cas.org/en/general-information/frequently-asked-questions.html

How much does the arbitration cost ?
The ordinary procedure involves paying the relatively modest costs and fees of the arbitrators, calculated on the basis of a fixed scale of charges, plus a share of the costs of the CAS.

The disciplinary cases of an international nature ruled in appeal are free, except for an initial Court Office fee of CHF 1000.-.

Can one be represented during the proceedings ?
The parties may appear alone. They may also be represented or assisted at CAS hearings by a person of their choice, not necessarily a lawyer.
What is CAS mediation ?
Mediation is a non-binding and informal procedure, based on a mediation agreement in which each party undertakes to attempt in good faith to negotiate with the other party, and with the assistance of a CAS mediator, with a view to settling a sports-related dispute.­
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on March 30, 2020, 09:25:18 AM
Another good Colin Murray article.   :beermug:
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Deeks on March 30, 2020, 09:59:52 AM
My point is, so what if we can’t play WC for the next 10 or so years. If Fifa go so low , when our case is won, as to dismiss us as a member, it would only give us a chance to work on our development and continue to play regional tournaments. Better for both growth. We won’t be going a WC soon in the world state nor our own state, for quite sometime . Martinique (as reference of non-WC participants is all) does very well with what they have and do. How much stadia they have again ? France supports them, but they don’t spoil them. They work they tail off to be even get a sniff of travel. When we are ready and able to test ourselves against CFU and the odd Concacaf exhibition, with consistently positive results, on and OFF the field. Only then, if ppl want they can go beg Fifa to give us permission to show off, and let a few of us play with Villa and ManU.
Joke: doh ask meh how Villa and ManU come in this, eh Deeks . ;D ;D
Btw, How yuh making out with the virus? I imagine y’all on extra care and lock down. Hope everyone is fine. Only one of my club members in ICU so far, but not critical.

I hunkered down inside. Working from home, until the "wise man" in the WH says he ready. But it appears it is going to be longer. But be safe Belmont Royalian!!!
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: maxg on March 30, 2020, 11:16:17 AM
My point is, so what if we can’t play WC for the next 10 or so years. If Fifa go so low , when our case is won, as to dismiss us as a member, it would only give us a chance to work on our development and continue to play regional tournaments. Better for both growth. We won’t be going a WC soon in the world state nor our own state, for quite sometime . Martinique (as reference of non-WC participants is all) does very well with what they have and do. How much stadia they have again ? France supports them, but they don’t spoil them. They work they tail off to be even get a sniff of travel. When we are ready and able to test ourselves against CFU and the odd Concacaf exhibition, with consistently positive results, on and OFF the field. Only then, if ppl want they can go beg Fifa to give us permission to show off, and let a few of us play with Villa and ManU.
Joke: doh ask meh how Villa and ManU come in this, eh Deeks . ;D ;D
Btw, How yuh making out with the virus? I imagine y’all on extra care and lock down. Hope everyone is fine. Only one of my club members in ICU so far, but not critical.

I hunkered down inside. Working from home, until the "wise man" in the WH says he ready. But it appears it is going to be longer. But be safe Belmont Royalian!!!
:thumbsup:
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: ABTrini on March 30, 2020, 05:40:51 PM
From an objective stand point , it would appear that WW was putting infrastructures in place to create a framework for a more cohesive national football program - even to having one of our  moderators as a " scout for talent,

These initiatives should not go  unnotice - The challenge with this framework was to how to effectively  implement, when a huge  dark cloud and burden of financial hardships continue to plague the operations of TTFA.

so as was mentioned by others-

A why could not FIFA work with the elected team to rectify the financial hardships
B- assist with the implementation of the infrastructure for a national overhaul to football programs?

This has to be an enigma of this whole process as it unfolded? The current Corvus situation is an opportune time to move with rectifying the financial side of things without being burden with mounting  operational cost

However what happens after the financial part is completed? What will the footballl infrastructure look like and is there a mechanism to transition the  former executive back in or does it require another sanctioned FIFA election?

I hope there is no former sports minister/ club owner hovering like a dog waiting for a bone.  We ought to have intellegient competent passionate football minded individuals who could lead us to a promise land and glory days of TnT football

To those former elected who have our football at heart- 5  ways to stay the course

Focus on Positive and on Purpose
Focus on the controllables
O pen up to the opportunity
Commit to purpose
Understand and practice Self Leadership
Saver the good

Doh waste good money on FIFA- ensure that there is a process to implementing a  sustainable framework for the development growth and succces on football in TnT and to all other blood suckers let dem haul  donkeys
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Flex on March 31, 2020, 06:33:22 AM
Wallace launches fund to challenge FIFA.
By Walter Alibey (Guardian).


It's now official. Former president of the T&T Football Association (TTFA) William Wallace will challenge FIFA's decision to remove him and his three vice president from elected office.

Wallace, the former president of the Secondary School League (SSFL) is calling on the nation to support he and his elected vice presidents stance to challenge the world governing body for the sport of football - FIFA through the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland, via a ‘go fund me’ campaign which was launched yesterday.

The campaign will require members of the public to contribute generously towards fighting the cause of injustice against FIFA, through the website (TTFAFights (https://www.gofundme.com/f/TTFA-Fights-FIFA-Intervention?utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_lico+share-sheet)). Wallace together with vice presidents — Clynt Taylor, Joseph Sam Phillip and Susan Joseph-Warrick will be represented by sports attorneys Dr Emir Crowne and Matthew GW Gayle. The legal cost is estimated to be around TT$300,000 to $500,000.

After more than a week of deliberating on their next move, after the FIFA decided on March 17 to appoint a Normalisation Committee to run the affairs of T&T football, in accordance with articles 8.2 of its Statutes, Wallace and company in a strongly-worded letter released on Monday, said the actions of the FIFA were unwarranted and illegal and called on the public to cover the tremendous cost involved in fighting for the rights of the people of Trinidad and Tobago to have the normalization committee removed, and reinstate the democratically elected administration. Wallace and his attorneys have until April 8 to make their submission to CAS.

According to Wallace's release: “The legitimately elected officers of the T&T Football Association, democratically elected by the electorate in the presence of both FIFA and CONCACAF officials on 24 November 2019, wish to assure the people of our beloved country of our continuing rejection of FIFA’s unwarranted and illegal intervention into football in T&T. FIFA’s injustice is made all the more transparent by the fact that it failed, consistently, to intervene against the David John-Williams administration that operated and generated massive debt for four years with FIFA’s knowledge and supervision, through their annual audit.”

It added “It is ironic that after we assumed office and generated a report which pointed out the absence of any financial internal structures, that the report was sent back verbatim as one of the two reasons given for FIFA’s action. Moreover, based on recent information we are aware that FIFA’s intervention was premeditated and the implementation of this action commenced since we won the elections. The elected officers of TTFA advises the public that we will oppose FIFA’s injustice at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland.”

“We need to be heard and that right is enshrined in the FIFA statutes that govern all Member Associations. Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable…every step towards the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering and struggle. The expense of this legal challenge is a tremendous obstacle but we are determined to fight for what is right, to defend democracy and the sovereign right of our people to determine our own affairs. To that end, we have created a “go fund me” campaign and are calling on all patriots to contribute to our national cause as generously as they can. Please visit (TTFAFights (https://www.gofundme.com/f/TTFA-Fights-FIFA-Intervention?utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_lico+share-sheet)).”

However, Ramesh Ramdhan, the current general secretary of the TTFA, publicly outlined a debt-relief plan which Guardian newspapers published on March 21 which he said was given to a FIFA/CONCACAF auditing team which came on a fact-finding mission in February. The payment of the mounting TTFA $50 million-dollar debt was to be done via a multi-million-dollar partnership deal between the TTFA, UK Architecture firm Lavendar and the Arima Borough Corporation which were to embark on a state-of-the-art sporting, a commercial and residential facility in Arima.

Still, the FIFA was not convinced and sought to appoint businessman Robert Hadad to head its normalization committee, with his deputy being Environmental Attorney Judy Daniels, another businessman Nigel Romano, as well as two other members, to be appointed soon FIFA disclosed.

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Here is our story, on November 24, 2019, we (the United TTFA) won the Presidential election to become the governing body of the Trinidad & Tobago Football Association 26-20. The incumbent, David John-Williams in four years increased the debt to TT$50 million and left the association in financial ruin. During his time, FIFA President Gianni Infantino visited John-Williams three times in four years, with his last visit in early November before the elections when the Home of Football (which was illegally opened because it didn't meet codes and standards) opened.

Now, let’s fast forward to March 4, 2020. On this day which marked the first 100 days in office, our President William Wallace who ran his election on transparency, revealed to the Trinidad & Tobago Football Association stakeholders and supporters a detailed plan of how much debt we were in and how we were going to get out of it in the next two years. An extremely feasible plan based upon an audit that took place within the first month of office. After this press conference, FIFA officials traveled to Trinidad & Tobago and were happy that President Wallace and his team had provided a financial synopsis of where the TTFA stood. They said that they were happy because this was 50% of the work.

Less than two weeks later, March 17, 2020, FIFA refutes the financial synopsis and installs a normalization committee, meaning that they will develop a board of local Trinbagonians to take control of the TTFA. Originally, FIFA had appointed Tyril Patrick, an individual who was John-Williams' accountant during the four years of his presidency. Ten days later, on March 27, 2020, FIFA appointed Robert Hadad, Judy Daniel, and Nigel Romano as normalization committee members. On a local radio station, Hadad mentioned that he had been in talks with CONCACAF and FIFA for several weeks prior to his appointment, proof that all along FIFA had been plotting this normalization committee without consulting with the administration in office, the United TTFA. 

FIFA and Infantino have proven in this case that nothing has changed since the United States government took down Sepp Blatter and other officials in 2016. They oversaw the democratic election win of the United TTFA, but because John-Williams did not win, they decided to enforce draconian principles that are both immoral and illegal. Therefore, the United TTFA will take its case to the highest court of appeal.

We are raising funds on behalf of the United TTFA as the team is set to appeal FIFA's decision in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). A victory will be historic and could change the way that FIFA treats its 210 association members forever. We are David in the fight against Goliath but with your help we can appeal to the CAS to rescind FIFA's decision to re-instate the United TTFA to the Trinidad & Tobago Football Association executive board and amend its statutes for “normalization”.

Deadline:
Register with CAS - April 7th

Here is the team who will battle FIFA in the Court of Arbitration for Sport:

President - William Wallace
1st Vice President - Clint Taylor
2nd Vice President - Susan Joseph-Warrick
3rd Vice President - Sam Phillip

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Thank you for your support of the United TTFA!

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Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Brownsugar on March 31, 2020, 07:13:47 AM
Andre Baptiste take that drivel and shove it.
Ain't nobody swallowing that tripe

I haven't been listening to much talk radio since 2015.  After Kamla and dem I needed a break.  So I haven't been following "The Fearless One" much over the past five years or so.  I keep hearing that he eh so Fearless any more but I eh see or hear for mih self until this morning.  I happen to have the radio on I95.5 fm and caught his daily 7:25 am diatribe.  And all I could say was "well yes papa!!"  De man imploring fans and the wider public to support FIFA and the Normalisation committee!!  I nearly fall out mih chair!! 

So one more person to add to mih list of Firetrucks....

Firetruck De Used-to-be-Fearless One,

Firetruck FIFA,

firetruck dat Haddad guy,

Firetruck the Normalisation Commitee!!!   

:cursing: :cursing: :cursing: :bs: :bs: :bs: :flamethrower: :flamethrower: :banginghead: :banginghead: :cursing: :cursing: :cursing: :flamethrower: :flamethrower:
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Brownsugar on March 31, 2020, 07:20:27 AM
Hadad ready for TTFA challenge
T&T Guardian



Who de fack is this Hadad guy?  Just so, just so he get ah phone call?  Nobody in the wider footballing public ever hear he name call but just so, just so he get a phone call??

Firetruck he yes!!   :cursing: :cursing: :bs: :bs: :banginghead: :banginghead:

Mih sistren Weary must be rolling over in she grave.....smh.....

Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on March 31, 2020, 07:35:58 AM
Well, there are two other patriots waiting in the wings ... de blaze eh start yet.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Deeks on March 31, 2020, 08:37:01 AM
Hadad ready for TTFA challenge
T&T Guardian



Who de fack is this Hadad guy?  Just so, just so he get ah phone call?  Nobody in the wider footballing public ever hear he name call but just so, just so he get a phone call??

Firetruck he yes!!   :cursing: :cursing: :bs: :bs: :banginghead: :banginghead:

Mih sistren Weary must be rolling over in she grave.....smh.....



Hadad Group of companies sponsors Phase 2.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Sam on March 31, 2020, 09:04:48 AM
If Wallace and them can't come up with $500,000 thousand how will they run T&T football.

Not trying to be negative because ah like Wallace and company, but with this Chinese virus, no sponsors will come onboard because companies losing/lost a lot of money.

If they win de case, FIFA will ban them or refuse them the yearly grant.

They broke and will have plenty problems down de road.

Why they don't ask FIFA to call a truce and ask if they can be on the TTFA board with Hadad and company.

Everybody win here.

They have to remember is FIFA they fighting, a big organization and a crooked one who will find a win to win by the hook or the crook.

50M is a lot of money.

Take de money they getting from Lavender for the Arima Multi-purpose Sports Facility and fix de Home of Football instead, give LAVCON de wok and everybody win.

(v) As part of the overall development, LAVCON has agreed to include a fee to TTFA of TT$50 million. The fee would be paid in four equal amounts of TT$12,500M over the development period as follows: (https://www.socawarriors.net/forum/index.php?topic=63534.msg992874#msg992874)

Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: ABTrini on March 31, 2020, 09:10:26 AM
 You ent see- FIFA must have purchased  data about everyone from  previous government. :rotfl: :rotfl: to just call up a man just so??? Like they think we chuppid to fall for dat?

On the other hand what kinda desperate move is dat to create a fund to support the fight against FIFA during this time when people losing jobs amidst this Corvid 19?

If FIFA want to pay debt - probably due to  in part from their lack of fiscal intervention when money running wild and people profiting and funds being diverted into pockets and deals being brokered- now when a local management putting some football infrastructure in place now they intervening with wanting to remove the governance?

Another nail at keeping the regions football at a level below others?  During this time all kinda bs moves happening . To WW team,  save yuh cash work at grassroots levels in communities throughout the country create a passion for football by and for the people let the donkeys bray- Leyden FIFA pay off the debt - while business slow now then when they pay dat off - then mount a case challenge for governance

Eh make sense fthrowing money yuh prove what is obvious to the public- mobilize the football organizations to follow the framework for development- build internal support - right now by going after FIFA the optics iappeats to be focusing on loss of leadership divert that energy and demonstrate that you are about the betterment of TnT football.

Bring back regional rivalries  drum up communities to follow and support teams - let some of them power hungry pro league e ecutives who want political office haul arse you ent see how they braying on the outside

In my opinion at this time the game the players have the biggest stake in the future of our game not TTFA not anyone of the detractors- If money in a fu d could be generated to foster the development and support player development that will speak volumes - this TTFA versus FIFA  ought not to be the main focus
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: socalion on March 31, 2020, 10:24:18 AM
Take a read forumites > The Panama papers / sports illustrated article Fifa scandal the article is a few years ago / see if any  name looks familiar ?  Hmm . Draw your own conclusions
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Controversial on March 31, 2020, 02:06:08 PM
Take a read forumites > The Panama papers / sports illustrated article Fifa scandal the article is a few years ago / see if any  name looks familiar ?  Hmm . Draw your own conclusions

Post link bro...
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: socalion on March 31, 2020, 04:08:01 PM
Quite a few articles  you'll find , simple search will do ...... Just type on ur device > Panama papers Fifa scandal / Uefa office raided .
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Flex on April 01, 2020, 08:07:56 AM
CFA boss supports FIFA's Normalisation Committee.
By Walter Alibey (Guardian).


Shymdeo Gosine, president of the Central Football Association (CFA), has come out in support of the FIFA’s Normalisation Committee running the affairs of T&T football.

The Central businessman, who has made an immediate impact with his involvement into the sport a few years ago at the CFA level, told Guardian Media Sports on Tuesday he believes the ousted executives of former president William Wallace and vice presidents Susan Joseph-Warrick, Sam Phillip and Clynt Taylor, who is the general secretary at the CFA, will not receive any support from the people of T&T to accumulate the money needed to attempt to convince the world governing body for football, FIFA, to rescind its decision to implement a normalisation committee to govern local football.

“Just watch and you will see for yourself, they will not get any support,” Gosine said.

The disbanded executives of the TTFA, through former president Wallace on Monday, issued a release to the media confirming their decision to fight against what they consider to be injustice and unfairness by the FIFA through the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Lausanne Switzerland.

Wallace and his vice president estimated that they will need between $300,000 to $500,000 for their Attorneys Dr Emir Crowne and Matthew Gayle to fight the case and is calling on members of the public to give generously via its website (TTFAFights (https://www.gofundme.com/f/TTFA-Fights-FIFA-Intervention?utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_lico+share-sheet)).

FIFA, on March 17, agreed to appoint a normalisation committee in charge of local football, believing the then Wallace-led TTFA which had been in office less than three months, was facing insolvency due to a claim by the former executive of a debt of approximately $50 million which it inherited from previous administrations. But despite attempts to prevent the FIFA from going through with its plan, the sport’s governing body ignored a plight from the TTFA and appointed the members of the normalisation committee, which comprises of businessman and chairman Robert Hadad who is a director of the HADCO Group of Companies, his deputy Judy Daniels who is a specialist in Environment Law and banker Nigel Romano, an executive and partner of Moore T&T.

In a release, FIFA also explained that two other members of the committee will be chosen over the coming days, after consultation with the CONCACAF.

Yesterday, Gosine said he believes the Wallace-led administration may have blundered by its decision to close the now controversial Home of Football which FIFA itself had approved.

“That was probably one of the many mistakes that were made by the members of that administration, none of whom attended the grand opening of the facility in Balmain, Couva, and featured Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, CONCACAF president Victor Mantagliani and FIFA president Gianni Infantino, among many others. The Home of Football was built to generate income but the Wallace administration closed it and had no revenue streams but the FIFA,” Gosine said.

According to the central football boss, the TTFA later made several appointments with no money to pay them while promises of lucrative contracts to help the sport have never materialised. Gosine said he doesn’t know if the Wallace-led administration at the time had the capabilities to run the affairs of local football.

He said, "I, the President of the Central Football Association, want to welcome the decision made by FIFA to put a normalizing committee in place to regularize our football. The proclamation made by the team that was given the mandate had too many pies in the sky."

Gosine who contested the November 24, 2019, TTFA election as a vice president on the slate of Richard Ferguson, believes FIFA is the best choice to revive local football, saying after the two years, Wallace and is members can decide to re-contest the elections for a second time, and might just be in a better position to run the sport. Quizzed as to whether he will consider contesting elections when it is called, Gosine said he could not answer that at present but he does feel that he has a lot to offer T&T football still.

Meanwhile, the T&T Pro League is also in support of FIFA's decision, while the T&T Super League, the North Zone, T&T Football Referees Association (T&TFRA) and the T&T American Youth Soccer Organisation have thrown their support behind the former President.

Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: maxg on April 01, 2020, 08:24:54 AM
why do they need between 300 & 500 K ? The lawyers really charging that minimum ? besides that being a wide gap ! This isn't no big court case where knowledge of international law is required, just international common sense. Even Wallace and Ramdhan can represent. Case won't be called until travel restrictions are relaxed anyway. Flight & Hotel meals 1 week, max $3000 cad/person. Retention/loss of work/stipend : $2000 cad/person = , Court clothes : 1000 cad/person. ~60 K TT total.
" modest fees" can't be 240 K TT- 50 k cad ? so is that lawyer fee.
Shouldn't drink champagne when yuh only have beer money. It's quite possible I don't know the ins and outs, willing to learn.
https://www.tas-cas.org/en/general-information/frequently-asked-questions.html

How much does the arbitration cost ?
The ordinary procedure involves paying the relatively modest costs and fees of the arbitrators, calculated on the basis of a fixed scale of charges, plus a share of the costs of the CAS.

The disciplinary cases of an international nature ruled in appeal are free, except for an initial Court Office fee of CHF 1000.-.

Can one be represented during the proceedings ?
The parties may appear alone. They may also be represented or assisted at CAS hearings by a person of their choice, not necessarily a lawyer.
What is CAS mediation ?
Mediation is a non-binding and informal procedure, based on a mediation agreement in which each party undertakes to attempt in good faith to negotiate with the other party, and with the assistance of a CAS mediator, with a view to settling a sports-related dispute.­

What about Ambassadors Shaka and Dwight, they already decline ?
Title: TTFA battle with FIFA could hurt region
Post by: Tallman on April 01, 2020, 11:37:11 AM
TTFA battle with FIFA could hurt region
Barbados Advocate


The Football Community in the region needs the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) to put their house in order as their actions could affect all the other member associations.

This was the sentiments of veteran Sports Administrator Adrian Donovan recently.

Donovan said he has had the pleasure and sometimes the challenges with working with the likes of Jack Warner and some of the best administrators and footballers seen this part of the world.

At present the TTFA is engaged in a battle with the world governing body FIFA and, according to Donovan, it seems all the odds are stacked against the TTFA.
“Trinidad football over the years has been looked up to by all of us in the Caribbean because they presented outstanding players who stood tall above any others.

“It is a sad reflection to see the tribulations that occurred under the Jack Warner regime come back to haunt us but in a different form and fashion.”

The TTFA has engaged the services of two lawyers with the intention of taking their grievance to the court of arbitration. They have all right to as it has been proven that no international sporting federation can supersede the law of the land.

However, any exercise to challenge FIFA can be an extremely expensive undertaking. At present a number of the TTFA executive members have started a fundraising campaign hoping to raise at least a half million TT dollars to champion their cause.

Donovan cannot believe that taking into consideration what is happening with this deadly COVID-19 virus pandemic where people are suffering, that fundraising activities like this will get off the ground.

“Citizens all through the region, including Trinidad and Tobago, have lost their jobs and businesses have closed its doors. It is seemingly unheard of that with so many trials and tribulations at work in all of our countries, that people could actually come up with an idea like this one.”

T&T for years have gained so much respect for not only representing the Caribbean at a World Cup, but also for the quality of their players who can be seen playing up until recently in different leagues all over the world.

Donovan believes that the damage has already been done and the credibility of football in Trinidad should be of utmost importance for those in charge.

“With a debt of over TT$ 50 million and rising the normalization committee set up by FIFA is the best way to go as the game is bigger than any of us.”

Donovan stated that they cannot afford to let the sport come to a standstill.

The normalization committee which FIFA continues to put in place in associations that have problems have proven beyond a shadow of a doubt to put their respective troubled associations on the right path.

Donovan went on to say that it cannot be business as usual and the first thing that the committee will have to do is conduct a forensic audit as the debt will continue to rise beyond imagination.

“FIFA will dictate how certain things will go and contracts and agreements may suffer terminations but at the end of it all the image of the TTFA must be restored.”

Donovan noted that a fair and democratic AGM has to be held and everyone will be given a chance to put their hat in the ring for the newly elected board.

“The Caribbean football fraternity which I am sure the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) are too will support any new TTFA that is put in place.”(CG)
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Flex on April 01, 2020, 12:57:33 PM
In its dealing with the T&TFA… FIFA is worse than COVID–19.
By Neville Ferguson (sunshinetodaytt).


Is the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association still be­ing punished because of the tsunami Jack Warner caused to descend on FIFA, toppling its big brass and virtually bringing the once-powerful organization to its knees?

This is a question many are ask­ing ever since the FIFA declared its intention to appoint a Normali­sation Committee to run the affairs of the TTFA for a period not to ex­ceed the maximum of two years.

For connoisseurs in the know, this decision is fraught with bias and prejudice; and the level of in­justice on display raises questions as to whether this world body could ever be trusted to do the right thing even when the whole world is watching!

Over the past decade, the in­tegrity of the leadership of this Zurich-based world organization was shattered as exposé after exposé brought FIFA to its knees. After the dust was cleared and the allegations were allowed to run their course, the truth that evolved was the connivance and wickedness of the leaders of FIFA who believed that each possessed a monopoly to deter­mine how world football is to be
run.

Even potential leaders, heirs ap­parent and designated survivors who were earmarked for the Pres­idential throne saw their dreams transformed into nightmares for the wrong they sought to inflict on one who sought nothing but to advance the cause of the beautiful game we call football.

Now many are watching FIFA’s new machinations as yet another attempt to punish Trinidad and Tobago because it failed to suc­cessfully bring Jack Warner to his knees in utter humiliation.

The reason for this new attack, according to FIFA, is an attempt to restore governance and finan­cial stability to an Association that competed in five FIFA World Cups in different divisions. The crowning glory was our appear­ance at the FIFA Men’s World Cup, Germany 2006.

The FIFA argued that this As­sociation with a history of 112 years, one that hosted two FIFA World Cups in the junior catego­ries, was characterized as having “extremely low overall financial management methods, combined with a massive debt”, which left the local body “facing a very real risk of insolvency and illiquidity”.

The punishment, according to FIFA’s justice, was the removal of the duly elected management team of three months; the ap­pointment of a Normalisation Committee; and the appoint­ment of a caretaker to overseer the day-to-day operations of the TTFA until the Normalisation Committee is selected and in­stalled.

Justice and Fair Play are alien to FIFA

It is here that the FIFA showed its dirty feet and demonstrated to the global village that justice and fair play are alien to that organisa­tion; and that regardless who sits at the helm, the FIFA is not afraid to run afoul and commit the most heinous offences in its aim to get what the FIFA wants.

The first thing that must be understood is that the current President of the T&TFA, William Wallace, who is being run out of office, won the TTFA elections on 24 November 2019 beating the then incumbent David John-Williams by a 26 – 20 victory margin.

The truth is that the FIFA never supported William Wal­lace and the shock of his victory hit them hard because in their wildest imagination the FIFA never believed that their boy John-Williams could have been defeated.

FIFA pulled every trick out of the book to help David John-Williams

They heavily funded a home for football and ensured that the opening took place before the TTFA elections no doubt to tilt the votes in his favor.

But that was not enough. At­tending the opening was FIFA’s President Gianni Infantino, CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani and FIFA Founda­tion CEO Youri Djorkaeff; the team from the FIFA was send­ing a clear message that John-Williams was their boy.

The rhetoric on the podium was clear as Infantino pub­licly thanked John-Williams whom he affably called David for “dreaming it all, for speak­ing it all, for believing in it, for fighting for it. And for making it happen.”

This was open politics, not poli­tics of stealth as he pronounced, “I came to Trinidad and Tobago, and I was not believing to find some­body like [David] in Trinidad and Tobago. I have to say the truth. Because Trinidad and Tobago Football Association were more or less in the same state as FIFA at that time” a state he referred to as shambles.

And he continued “We found a Federation which was under the earth, TTFA; Trinidad and Tobago Football, very sadly, was in the headlines for other rea­sons than football, even though linked to football but today, we are here, and proud to be here, because today, Trinidad and To­bago is the capital of the world of
football.”

Never in Infantino’s wildest dreams or carefree imaginations did he think that after reigning such platitudes on David John-Williams, that the minions who were imbued with the power to vote in the next TTFA President would have gone against his wish­es and vote in favor of the new kid on the block much to the chagrin of the FIFA; William Wallace was not the pawn that they could con­trol.

Mischief was set afoot

And so mischief was set afoot; the door needed to be reopened for Infantino’s boy David John-Williams once again to ascend the throne together with his side-kick Selby Browne. So the only legitimate way was to railroad Wallace’s presidency, set up a Normalisation Committee and ban Wallace and every member of his team from ever contesting another TTFA election. What is mind boggling is that three months ago, the TTFA that was described as similar to FIFA, a TTFA that made this country the capital of the world of football, now became so saddled with debt that the FIFA has to invoke Article 8 Paragraph 2 of the FIFA Statutes to protect the organisation and development of football in this country and put corrective measures in place.

The financial situation to which the FIFA spoke was in­debtedness close to 50 million dollars. But the question that Infantino and his boys must now answer is how come a Nor­malisation Committee was not set up when John-Williams was the President because there is no way that Wallace could have accrued such a debt in a paltry three months, the period of time he has held office as President. How come?

The T&TFA should not look to the Caribbean Football Union for any help since the vast majority of its members out of sheer envy will be silently happy over the po­sition of T&TFA faces today. In addition, the President of CFU, Barbadian Randy Harris, is on the payroll of FIFA and CONCACAF and who pays the football Piper call the tune – no CFU support for the T&TFA. That, however, should not discourage the T&TFA in their fight for justice and respect.

Isn’t the bias against Wallace too overtly brazen?

Isn’t the FIFA’s perception that it is a law unto itself clearly the cloud that has resulted in the myo­picism that now causes it to steer down an authoritarian road to bring the institute into disrepute once again?

Somebody with their lurid imagination prefaced the name of Jack Warner as the bedrock for the success of the Wallace team and Infantino probably saw the oppor­tunity to drink tea for Blatter’s fe­ver, but Wallace has decided and openly declared that the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will have the last say.

FIFA has underestimated the resolve of Wallace and underes­timated the pride of the people of Trinidad and Tobago. Infan­tino has appropriated a grandiose perception of himself that does not exist. The people of this country prefer to see the beau­tiful game die in this country than to allow Massa Day to ever
return.

Justice is all that Trinidad and Tobago Football Association demands and as long as John-Williams or his minion’s railroad the wishes of the football fra­ternity, justice will never pre­vail and FIFA will once again begin its slow march towards ignominy.

In fighting Covid-19, the T&TFA will surely be fighting FIFA.

Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: pull stones on April 01, 2020, 11:04:08 PM
In its dealing with the T&TFA… FIFA is worse than COVID–19.
By Neville Ferguson (sunshinetodaytt).


Is the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association still be­ing punished because of the tsunami Jack Warner caused to descend on FIFA, toppling its big brass and virtually bringing the once-powerful organization to its knees?

This is a question many are ask­ing ever since the FIFA declared its intention to appoint a Normali­sation Committee to run the affairs of the TTFA for a period not to ex­ceed the maximum of two years.

For connoisseurs in the know, this decision is fraught with bias and prejudice; and the level of in­justice on display raises questions as to whether this world body could ever be trusted to do the right thing even when the whole world is watching!

Over the past decade, the in­tegrity of the leadership of this Zurich-based world organization was shattered as exposé after exposé brought FIFA to its knees. After the dust was cleared and the allegations were allowed to run their course, the truth that evolved was the connivance and wickedness of the leaders of FIFA who believed that each possessed a monopoly to deter­mine how world football is to be
run.

Even potential leaders, heirs ap­parent and designated survivors who were earmarked for the Pres­idential throne saw their dreams transformed into nightmares for the wrong they sought to inflict on one who sought nothing but to advance the cause of the beautiful game we call football.

Now many are watching FIFA’s new machinations as yet another attempt to punish Trinidad and Tobago because it failed to suc­cessfully bring Jack Warner to his knees in utter humiliation.

The reason for this new attack, according to FIFA, is an attempt to restore governance and finan­cial stability to an Association that competed in five FIFA World Cups in different divisions. The crowning glory was our appear­ance at the FIFA Men’s World Cup, Germany 2006.

The FIFA argued that this As­sociation with a history of 112 years, one that hosted two FIFA World Cups in the junior catego­ries, was characterized as having “extremely low overall financial management methods, combined with a massive debt”, which left the local body “facing a very real risk of insolvency and illiquidity”.

The punishment, according to FIFA’s justice, was the removal of the duly elected management team of three months; the ap­pointment of a Normalisation Committee; and the appoint­ment of a caretaker to overseer the day-to-day operations of the TTFA until the Normalisation Committee is selected and in­stalled.

Justice and Fair Play are alien to FIFA

It is here that the FIFA showed its dirty feet and demonstrated to the global village that justice and fair play are alien to that organisa­tion; and that regardless who sits at the helm, the FIFA is not afraid to run afoul and commit the most heinous offences in its aim to get what the FIFA wants.

The first thing that must be understood is that the current President of the T&TFA, William Wallace, who is being run out of office, won the TTFA elections on 24 November 2019 beating the then incumbent David John-Williams by a 26 – 20 victory margin.

The truth is that the FIFA never supported William Wal­lace and the shock of his victory hit them hard because in their wildest imagination the FIFA never believed that their boy John-Williams could have been defeated.

FIFA pulled every trick out of the book to help David John-Williams

They heavily funded a home for football and ensured that the opening took place before the TTFA elections no doubt to tilt the votes in his favor.

But that was not enough. At­tending the opening was FIFA’s President Gianni Infantino, CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani and FIFA Founda­tion CEO Youri Djorkaeff; the team from the FIFA was send­ing a clear message that John-Williams was their boy.

The rhetoric on the podium was clear as Infantino pub­licly thanked John-Williams whom he affably called David for “dreaming it all, for speak­ing it all, for believing in it, for fighting for it. And for making it happen.”

This was open politics, not poli­tics of stealth as he pronounced, “I came to Trinidad and Tobago, and I was not believing to find some­body like [David] in Trinidad and Tobago. I have to say the truth. Because Trinidad and Tobago Football Association were more or less in the same state as FIFA at that time” a state he referred to as shambles.

And he continued “We found a Federation which was under the earth, TTFA; Trinidad and Tobago Football, very sadly, was in the headlines for other rea­sons than football, even though linked to football but today, we are here, and proud to be here, because today, Trinidad and To­bago is the capital of the world of
football.”

Never in Infantino’s wildest dreams or carefree imaginations did he think that after reigning such platitudes on David John-Williams, that the minions who were imbued with the power to vote in the next TTFA President would have gone against his wish­es and vote in favor of the new kid on the block much to the chagrin of the FIFA; William Wallace was not the pawn that they could con­trol.

Mischief was set afoot

And so mischief was set afoot; the door needed to be reopened for Infantino’s boy David John-Williams once again to ascend the throne together with his side-kick Selby Browne. So the only legitimate way was to railroad Wallace’s presidency, set up a Normalisation Committee and ban Wallace and every member of his team from ever contesting another TTFA election. What is mind boggling is that three months ago, the TTFA that was described as similar to FIFA, a TTFA that made this country the capital of the world of football, now became so saddled with debt that the FIFA has to invoke Article 8 Paragraph 2 of the FIFA Statutes to protect the organisation and development of football in this country and put corrective measures in place.

The financial situation to which the FIFA spoke was in­debtedness close to 50 million dollars. But the question that Infantino and his boys must now answer is how come a Nor­malisation Committee was not set up when John-Williams was the President because there is no way that Wallace could have accrued such a debt in a paltry three months, the period of time he has held office as President. How come?

The T&TFA should not look to the Caribbean Football Union for any help since the vast majority of its members out of sheer envy will be silently happy over the po­sition of T&TFA faces today. In addition, the President of CFU, Barbadian Randy Harris, is on the payroll of FIFA and CONCACAF and who pays the football Piper call the tune – no CFU support for the T&TFA. That, however, should not discourage the T&TFA in their fight for justice and respect.

Isn’t the bias against Wallace too overtly brazen?

Isn’t the FIFA’s perception that it is a law unto itself clearly the cloud that has resulted in the myo­picism that now causes it to steer down an authoritarian road to bring the institute into disrepute once again?

Somebody with their lurid imagination prefaced the name of Jack Warner as the bedrock for the success of the Wallace team and Infantino probably saw the oppor­tunity to drink tea for Blatter’s fe­ver, but Wallace has decided and openly declared that the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will have the last say.

FIFA has underestimated the resolve of Wallace and underes­timated the pride of the people of Trinidad and Tobago. Infan­tino has appropriated a grandiose perception of himself that does not exist. The people of this country prefer to see the beau­tiful game die in this country than to allow Massa Day to ever
return.

Justice is all that Trinidad and Tobago Football Association demands and as long as John-Williams or his minion’s railroad the wishes of the football fra­ternity, justice will never pre­vail and FIFA will once again begin its slow march towards ignominy.

In fighting Covid-19, the T&TFA will surely be fighting FIFA.
very objective article, but the reality is that fifa did not underestimate the pride of the people of trinidad and tobago because the majority of them are in favor of the fifa normalization scheme. the people of Trinidad and Tobago does not deserve this kind of credit because the majority of them are cowards and seldom make sacrifices for the greater good.

The one i do think that they underestimated was lok loy. that half chinese just might be the death of this present FIFA administration if they have anything to hide. I hate it when trinis ride on an age old temperament  that does not exist anymore.

Once upon a time trinbagonians was a force to recon with, we were fearless and capable, but today there’s a bunch of self serving jelly belly easy going party animals cry cry suck finger toddlers who don’t possess a lick of pride.

so far all I’ve seen of our people is congrats for the fifa take over, and this article and the weired 888 articles are the only set of journalistic pieces that are in support of the stand off. I certainly support the embattled ttfa, we’ve waited three years to rid ourselves of that fat ugly sell out, and now that we have, I’m not in favor of fifa putting us back in that position.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: pull stones on April 02, 2020, 05:05:47 AM
This articles says that fifa has banned wallace and every member of his team from ever contesting another election, tell me it’s not so?
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on April 02, 2020, 05:40:39 AM
This articles says that fifa has banned wallace and every member of his team from ever contesting another election, tell me it’s not so?

That raised an eyebrow. I'm treating it as being a defective statement. Prepare the camel; that would be the straw.
Title: T&T coaches not surprised by FIFA's action
Post by: Tallman on April 02, 2020, 06:17:33 AM
T&T coaches not surprised by FIFA's action
By Walter Alibey (T&T Guardian)


It is believed FIFA's intervention into local football through a Normalisation Committee, may or may not be a blessing in disguise.

The normalisation committee was implemented on March 17 by the world governing body for football, FIFA, after it felt the financial position of the T&T Football Association (TTFA) hinged on it being insolvent. Since then three out of five members of the committee were chosen, despite desperate calls to rescind the committee as the former TTFA executive decides to challenge FIFA through Court of Administration for Sports (CAS) in Switzerland through attorneys Dr Emir Crowne and Matthew Gayle.

In a response to the implementation of the normalisation committee, three football coaches including Brian Williams, an former Strike Squad defender and national Under-20 coach, Shawn Cooper, a former national Under-17 coach who also led Presentation College (San Fernando) to its first Coca Cola National InterCol title last year, and Lyndon Andrews, a coach at Arima North Secondary, believe the committee could be a blessing, once it can turn T&T's football fortunes around.

Williams told Guardian Media Sports it is no secret that the sport has been struggling in all areas for some time now and something has to be done to revive it.

"The FIFA is the world governing body for the sport and if it feels that the sport here is not being run as it should be and they want to assist, then so be it," Williams explained.

He said that members of the public have been left in the dark concerning what has been taking place in the sport, saying one day you hear about the Home of Football being an income-generator, and the next thing, it cannot be used for the purpose that it was constructed for.

"I just want to see football being run the right way. I want to see coaches being allowed to coach and be paid for it. I want to see the huge TTFA debt liquidated completely, players allowed to play and the national teams competitive once more. Right now there is no motivation. There's no prize money for competition and players cannot make a living from plying their trade, etc."

Williams also sympathised with the William Wallace-led TTFA, noting that with only three months in office, it was very little that could have done.

Meanwhile, Andrews who has been one of this country’s creative midfielders from the youth to senior levels, made it clear a normalisation committee in T&T football was needed a long time now, even in the Jack Warner days.

"Unfortunately, the committee came during the Wallace-led administration, but it was needed in David John-Williams, Raymond Tim Kee and in the times of Jack Warner because for all those times our football had been in the red. It is necessary now because our football has been going backwards. We need our football to move forward again and I believe the normalisation committee will put us on that path,” Andrews said.

“When John-Williams came in, everyone thought he would have rescued us by clearing the debt but instead our football sunk further into debt. Now while Wallace team may have ideas, we are not sure. What is important for us now is to ensure that our football gets back on track.”

In February officials of the FIFA and CONCACAF visited the TTFA on a fact-finding mission which including examing the TTFA books to determine what plans to implement going forward to eradicate the claimed $50 million debt. And soon after it (FIFA) confirmed this in a letter, by stating further that the TTFA appeared to be facing insolvency.

Meanwhile, Cooper, who was overlooked for a coaching position under the former president Wallace said the implementation of the committee was inevitable.

"It is sad we cannot run our affairs but it was always incoming. We have had a problem with our debt, not only now but under Jack Warner, Raymond Tim Kee, David John-Williams and now William Wallace. Some people believe the committee should have come before. However, once it can ensure that crowds would come out at the Pro League matches or if the debt will be paid or if clubs will be self-sustainable at the end of the two years then it will be worth the while," Cooper said.

The FIFA normalisation committee is led by businessman Robert Hadad as chairman with attorney Judy Daniel and deputy chairman and retired banker Nigel Ramano as member.

Meanwhile, Wallace, the former president of the Secondary School League (SSFL) is calling on the nation to support he and his elected vice presidents to challenge the world governing body for the sport of football - FIFA through the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland, via a ‘go fund me’ campaign which was launched on Monday.

The campaign will require members of the public to contribute generously towards fighting the cause of injustice against FIFA, through the website (TTFAFights (https://www.gofundme.com/f/TTFA-Fights-FIFA-Intervention?utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_lico+share-sheet)). Wallace together with vice presidents — Clynt Taylor, Joseph Sam Phillip and Susan Joseph-Warrick will be represented by sports attorneys Dr Emir Crowne and Matthew GW Gayle. The legal cost is estimated to be around TT$300,000 to $500,000. The deadline for the challenge to be registered is April 7.

Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on April 02, 2020, 06:32:49 AM
I wanted to abbreviate the post but ended up cutting off the link.  Will fix later.

pullstones wrote:

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very objective article, but the reality is that fifa did not underestimate the pride of the people of trinidad and tobago because the majority of them are in favor of the fifa normalization scheme. the people of Trinidad and Tobago does not deserve this kind of credit because the majority of them are cowards and seldom make sacrifices for the greater good.

The one i do think that they underestimated was lok loy. that half chinese just might be the death of this present FIFA administration if they have anything to hide. I hate it when trinis ride on an age old temperament  that does not exist anymore.

Once upon a time trinbagonians was a force to recon with, we were fearless and capable, but today there’s a bunch of self serving jelly belly easy going party animals cry cry suck finger toddlers who don’t possess a lick of pride.

so far all I’ve seen of our people is congrats for the fifa take over, and this article and the weired 888 articles are the only set of journalistic pieces that are in support of the stand off. I certainly support the embattled ttfa, we’ve waited three years to rid ourselves of that fat ugly sell out, and now that we have, I’m not in favor of fifa putting us back in that position.

In T&T, there are several citizens with private convictions but no public courage, in a land of self-censorship, especially when anonymity is not the currency. Then, there are others who are eager to present malleable opinions - some boisterously, others in even tones. Unfortunately, much of that opinion is devoid of factual or contextual support.

There are others whose opinions are barometers of the personal convenience, realities and status quo they wish to create - rather than of the totality of the truth found in the present.  And, there are others whose trafficable currency is not anonymity but cash. Those in that category are blinded by anything else.

But, there is another currency that we have more of than is commonly understood: ignorance. Ignorance, combined with the way in which the society is stratified, is a perpetual orgasm for some of the participants - but not others - in a metaphorical orgy of coitus sans the interruptus. To be sure, the non-satisficing participants are not friends with the "happy enders" and they are definitely not benefiting, sowing or reaping.

In the history of the world, a lack of mutuality is never a permanently winning proposition. What makes the above-referenced ingredients transform from a virginal beverage to a cocktail is time. Time is not on our side.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on April 02, 2020, 06:58:21 AM
The word is "normalise". Not paradise.

It's curious that there is a view that a NC will vest us with manna from heaven. That's a twisted narrative for several reasons. Of course,  the genius of normalisation would explain why Pakistan is on its third NC.  ::)

Normalisation won't ever trump root and branch transformation, but we can be deluded into believing that the objective here is root and branch transformation. It isn't.

Manna with Kool Aid? Not hungry.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Deeks on April 02, 2020, 08:53:11 AM
in a metaphorical orgy of coitus sans the interruptus. To be sure, the non-satisficing participants are not friends with the "happy enders"

Dude, you watching too much Big Bang Theory.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on April 02, 2020, 09:26:47 AM
in a metaphorical orgy of coitus sans the interruptus. To be sure, the non-satisficing participants are not friends with the "happy enders"

Dude, you watching too much Big Bang Theory.

Touché!
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: maxg on April 02, 2020, 10:55:48 AM
The word is "normalise". Not paradise.

It's curious that there is a view that a NC will vest us with manna from heaven. That's a twisted narrative for several reasons. Of course,  the genius of normalisation would explain why Pakistan is on its third NC.  ::)

Normalisation won't ever trump root and branch transformation, but we can be deluded into believing that the objective here is root and branch transformation. It isn't.

Manna with Kool Aid? Not hungry.
:thumbsup:
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: pull stones on April 03, 2020, 11:28:32 AM
The word is "normalise". Not paradise.

It's curious that there is a view that a NC will vest us with manna from heaven. That's a twisted narrative for several reasons. Of course,  the genius of normalisation would explain why Pakistan is on its third NC.  ::)

Normalisation won't ever trump root and branch transformation, but we can be deluded into believing that the objective here is root and branch transformation. It isn't.

Manna with Kool Aid? Not hungry.
never mind those idiots who’s all smiles that alas fifa has heard our cry from on high and has left their lofty towers to investigate the two drunks fighting at the mote, while the palace guards share jokes.

I’ve got to reiterate how very disappointed i am with the so called football fraternity in trinidad and tobago, no wonder DJW got 20 out of 46 votes. listening to familiar voices ala sancho, Brian williams and many more stand outs in TT football circles was enough shock to light a small village in rural toco, to know that they could not differentiate between AJW, raymond timkee, DJW and the United TTFA was either disingenuous or total naivety on their part.

I could only guess that just maybe DJW was, or is on friendly terms with these obvious critics of a 3 month old federation, so therefore the wind of apprehension to call a spade a spade was not forthcoming with these yes men.

I have maintained that this here is the only reason why TT football is still, and has remained in the doldrums all these decades, it’s because of all the hungry dogs under the master’s table for years waiting and hoping that a substantial bone would fall their way, and neglecting to understand the reason why they are involved in football in the first place.

at this point all we could do is hope and pray that God on high would be merciful and put a stop to these obvious impediments to trinidad and tobago football once and for all eliminating all fungus and parasites from our beloved sport leaving it in the hands of caring capable insightful people, who IMO just might be this united  TTFA, and keep men like Brent Sancho and DJW and his accomplices very very far from our football. at this point it’s out of our hands forumites, all we could do now is pray and hope that God hears us.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: FF on April 03, 2020, 12:35:13 PM
Brian Williams work for DJW for umpteen years you have to remember.

I really shame of my fellow countrymen. So called patriots
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: pull stones on April 04, 2020, 02:16:36 AM
I was reading a news article where Ramdhan and lok loy locked horns on the issue of the normalization committee and information sharing done by mr ramdhan. now one of the things that eats me about trinidad and tobago and the way they do business down there is the fact that the media always have some tale to tell about some petty disagreement that took place between folks in positions of importance. why does everything has to reach the point where grown men have to run to the media every time they take the piss of each other? FFS man grow up people.

as it stands FIFA is already breathing down our necks yet every Monday morning Keith lok loy and someone on the committee is having a row that somehow makes sport news, just recently fenwick had to apologize to someone else on the board over something silly, so why is it that these people in the federation cant sit down quietly and privately and iron out their differences behind close doors, why do my people love so much staging and media coverage?

I think wallace needs to think long and hard about how to approach this presidency and how well they could keep their heads together putting egos aside while keeping the media out of their business by giving them little to nothing to report.

and I must say though, the TT media is one wretched profession. if a snake makes its way down town that makes the news, if an old woman fell on the sidewalk it makes news, if a dog drinks from the canal, it’s more than likely to make the news. so where are we going with all and this media frenzy? IMO this could never be good for a country's image when you have desperate journalist running around scrapping up stories from off the ground just so that they can stay relevant.

IMO the media was very instrumental in bringing down this very young federation that is why if, and i say this optimistically, if the TTFA were to be reinstated, then they must change the way they do business, and should no longer allow the media in their bedroom, just keep them in your verandah where they belong.
Title: Can a Worldwide “Debt Jubilee” render the Normalisation Committee unnecessary?
Post by: Controversial on April 04, 2020, 05:10:26 AM
After ww2 Germany benefitted from a “debt jubilee”. It’s origins dating back to the Jewish presence in ancient Babylon.

Hypothetically, let’s just say the g20 decides to entertain the idea of a debt jubilee to prevent the impending global depression.

And our beloved politicians locally follow suit as usual, theoretically this would erase all of ttfa debt owed. In the event of that happening, it would mean the FIFA NC would no longer be needed in theory. The clean slate would present a unique opportunity for Wallace and Look Loy to rebuild without the burden and the monkey on their back.

Keep in mind this idea is being floated around to save the global economy, but it’s still hypothetical and in its early stages. But it could save our football from FIFA neo colonialism .....
Title: Re: Can a Worldwide “Debt Jubilee” render the Normalisation Committee unnecessary?
Post by: asylumseeker on April 04, 2020, 08:16:55 AM
Contro, yuh slipping. :devil:

Render unnecessary? The NC was "unnecessary" from jump. A priori and a posteriori.
Title: Ramdhan, Look Loy lock horns over FIFA's Normalisation Committee
Post by: Tallman on April 04, 2020, 09:00:41 AM
Ramdhan, Look Loy lock horns over FIFA's Normalisation Committee
By Walter Alibey (T&T Guardian)


Ramesh Ramdhan, general secretary of the T&T Football Association (TTFA), has said he will not be drawn into an unnecessary fight with Keith Look Loy, the former chairman of the TTFA technical committee, over alleged information being leaked to the new FIFA-appointed normalisation committee, which has taken control of T&T football.

Look Loy, "I had no issue with Ramdhan giving information to Hadad because he is an employee of the TTFA."

Ramdhan, a former World Cup referee now turned football administrator has been providing requested information to the Normalisation committee which was installed last week, is being led by businessman Robert Hadad, and include Attorney Judy Daniel and retired banker Nigel Romano, a director and partner of Moore T&T.

The controversial former TTFA technical committee chairman, who is also a member of the board of directors of TTFA by virtue of being the T&T Super League’s President said if Ramdhan wanted to take a political position, he would have to resign because he (Look Loy) recognises Wallace as the president of the TTFA.

Contacted on Friday, Ramdhan made it clear that when he received a letter from football’s world governing body, FIFA, requesting that he stay on to help the normalisation committee last Thursday, he immediately telephoned William Wallace, the former president TTFA, to inform him.

He said Wallace told him to do what he had to do and noted that the sport should not be allowed to suffer at any time.

Ramdhan, who made it clear he was not beholden to the persons who appointed him as general secretary as his position was an independent one, is directing Look Loy to the TTFA’s constitution which gives him the right to share info, being the go-to man from FIFA, the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), the Confederation of North Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), as well as all other football-related bodies on matters.

According to the TTFA constitution, the general secretariat shall carry out all the administrative work of TTFA under the direction of the general secretary. The members of the general secretariat are bound by the Internal Organisation Regulations and shall fulfil the given tasks in good faith:

1. The general secretary is the chief executive officer of the general secretariat;

2. He shall be appointed on the basis of an agreement governed by private law and shall have the necessary professional qualifications;

3. He shall be responsible for: a) implementing decisions passed by the general meeting and board of directors in compliance with the president’s directives; b) attending the general meeting and meetings of the board of directors, emergency committee and the standing and ad-hoc committees; c) organising the general meeting and meetings of the board of directors and other bodies; d) compiling the minutes for the meetings of the general meeting, board of directors, emergency committee and standing and ad-hoc committees; e) ensuring that the accounts of TTFA are properly managed and up to date; f) the correspondence of TTFA; g) relations with the members, committees, FIFA, CONCACAF and CFU; h) organising the general secretariat; i) the appointment and dismissal of staff working in the general secretariat upon approval of the president; j) the appointment and dismissal of managerial staff, upon approval of the president and the board of directors.

4. The general secretary may not be a delegate at the general meeting or a member of any body of TTFA.

Ramdhan, who has not been paid salaries for four months and was the one who borrowed monies to ensure staff members were paid their February wages, has dismissed calls by the former chairman of the technical committee Look Loy for him to resign as general secretary if he wants to get into the politics of football.

“I came into the United TTFA to serve football and to date, I still want to serve the sport. I have been liaising with Hadad and sharing information with respect to football,” said Ramdhan, telling Guardian Media Sports that he has spoken to Hadad about the non-payment of TTFA staff for the month of March.

Contacted yesterday, Wallace, did not see any problems with Ramdhan’s commitment as secretary.

“If he is the secretary of the normalisation committee then he has to act as such and that is it. I do not see anything that points to Ramdhan getting into the politics of the game. Ramdhan has also taken the position to be secretary, which is fine for me,” Wallace said.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: maxg on April 04, 2020, 12:18:14 PM
Mr Look Loy needs to chill if his PRESIDENT is cool. He not and didn’t want to be in charge. Not everyone agrees with one’s view, so get closer to them to try and see theirs.
Title: Re: Can a Worldwide “Debt Jubilee” render the Normalisation Committee unnecessary?
Post by: Controversial on April 04, 2020, 01:51:08 PM
Contro, yuh slipping. :devil:

Render unnecessary? The NC was "unnecessary" from jump. A priori and a posteriori.

Hmm, I’m not slipping... it was already a farce my friend...

Rendered irrelevant comes from the perspective of FIFA, meaning they would have no justification to launch this attack bc in essence there would be no longer a debt  ;)

They would not be able to use the debt to justify their illegal move anymore...
Title: Re: Can a Worldwide “Debt Jubilee” render the Normalisation Committee unnecessary?
Post by: FF on April 04, 2020, 03:53:04 PM
Boy I could see it now. Now that the debt erase we still need the normalization committee to put financial measures and best practices in place.

Wallace and them need to follow this investigation all the way through no matter what the consequences. That is the only way.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: pull stones on April 04, 2020, 04:13:47 PM
Mr Look Loy needs to chill if his PRESIDENT is cool. He not and didn’t want to be in charge. Not everyone agrees with one’s view, so get closer to them to try and see theirs.
thats exactly my point. since the United ttfa won the election the only time you heard from wallace was when they were making positive moves, the man was quiet and subdued throughout the process. now I don’t know if he knew that some how the fat boss was cooking up a scheme in his diabolical kitchen and was keeping an eye on the creep having prior knowledge of how mad minded he was and could get into mischief, the same way he did during the build up of the election with the Nike fiasco, but wallace was certainly diligent.
Keith on the other hand was not so cautious.

every other week on the papers there was an article involving Keith lok loy exchanging unpleasantries with someone over something minor, if it’s not fenwick it’s sancho and this one and that one and the other one. come on people where we going with that?

Look around us and you would see how other presidents in the region dealt with abnormalities, they bunkered down and kept things in the board room. you rarely hear from the the american, canadian or the Mexican federation, apart from gullati launching a program to benefit the sport, how often we heard of him in the media during his tenure? 

we in trinidad love too much mix up and gallantry. every time you look around it’s some unnecessary tussle taking place over child’s play, and if we are to be taken seriously the we need to stop that and begin to operate professionally like the big boys of the world do, and keep the media far away from our business. that goes for political too. it’s just disgusting to behold.
Title: Re: Can a Worldwide “Debt Jubilee” render the Normalisation Committee unnecessary?
Post by: pull stones on April 04, 2020, 04:40:19 PM
Boy I could see it now. Now that the debt erase we still need the normalization committee to put financial measures and best practices in place.

Wallace and them need to follow this investigation all the way through no matter what the consequences. That is the only way.
you just took the words right off my finger tips mate. i was just beginning to type when your post came in. according to fifa it’s about constitutional reform, transparency and debt management, that was their trumped up reasons for removing a constitutionally elected federation, not suspending, but removing permanently from the position.

years ago i used to wonder how did the world allow a group of old crooks to congregate and take over a whole sport allowing them to do as they like without as much as a push back from the economic super powers of the world.

I remembered years ago when Jennings was pursuing FIFA with ferocity no one stood with him and made their voices heard apart from the english FA, even the Americans were silent until the World Cup bid where they both were undone by jack warner, and even then we were in support of FIFA when the Americans and the brits were trying to bring them down, and our federation stood quietly along with the rest of concacaf,

and had it not been for america and their pressure on FIFA, jack warner would still be in charge of football in TT and we would still be crying when would it end. I think now is as good time as any to join forces and rid the world of FIFA for good, and a responsible body put in place with a fair and conscientious constitution, or else we would get formats like what we have in the World Cup qualifying in concacaf, and four and a half spots for spa confederation with that only has ten teams, and three and a half spots for a federation with 41 teams, how on earth could that be fair.
Title: Look Loy under fire from TTSL VP, clubs
Post by: Tallman on April 04, 2020, 07:11:34 PM
Look Loy under fire from TTSL VP, clubs
T&T Guardian


The decision of the T&T Super League (TTSL) to throw financial support behind the former T&T Football Association (TTFA), four executive members, in their efforts to fight the world governing body for football, FIFA, through the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Switzerland, for removing them from office on March 17, is being challenged.

On Thursday, Keith Look Loy, president of the TTSL, who is also the former chairman of the TTFA technical committee, said the majority of clubs in the super league have agreed to give US$2,000 (estimated TT$12,000) as a donation to help cover the legal fees of the TTFA, which stands at an estimated TT$300,000 to $500,000.

The former TTFA officers have so far raised US$1,905 through its https:/www.gofundme.com/f/TTFA-Fights-FIFA-Intervention account.

The former TTFA executive officers who will be represented by Attorneys Dr Emir Crowne and Matthew GW Gayle launched a ‘go fund me’ initiative on March 30, which called on members of the public to give generously to cover the cost of their legal challenge.

The former executives of president William Wallace and vice presidents Clynt Taylor, Susan Warrick-Joseph and Joseph 'Sam' Phillip are trying to garner financial support, after FIFA appointed a normalisation committee to manage the affairs of local football on March 27.

However, some clubs have said they were unfairly left out of the decision-making process as they were never consulted.

Jameson Rigues, TTSL’s first vice president as well as Guaya United owner Randy Hagley, Derek Edwards of Petit Valley/Diego Martin United and Police have said they only learned that such a decision was made via the media.

Rigues also explained that several clubs that were suspended from not competing in the league’s last two competitions have also called him seeking answers. The 2019 season was contested by 13 clubs.

“As a board member, I have received no letter of communication, no email or WhatsApp message seeking support for the TTFA. In fact, I believe that by Look Loy is being heavily involved in the then TTFA as a former board member and technical committee chairman, I see it as a direct conflict of interest as he lobbies for something that would directly impact him,” Rigues explained.

He said, “Clubs such as Marabella Family Crisis Centre, Harlem Strikers, Defence Force, 1976 Phoenix among others, should be given respect and honour as shareholders, although being suspended. The clubs believe they should have been part of a decision that would impact on the monies that they are invested. Where is the financial statement of the organisation, and how much do we have in our accounts, and can we afford to spend that kind of money on former TTFA members. I think this is very unfair.”

Asked by Guardian Media Sports if as First vice president of Super League if he was part of the League's decision to give TTFA support to challenge FIFA decision to send a Normalisation Committee to fix T&T football? Riques said: "I learned of the league's decision via a newspapers article on March 24 and I learned of the decision to donate US$2000 to United TTFA to challenge FIFA in CAS via a TV Sports report."

Questioned further as to if the President's actions are a conflict of interest Riques replied, "I find the TTSL President, Keith Look Loy is operating like he has something to hide. Those actions call into question an abuse of power, because there is no transparency in the manner that those decisions were made, and here you are making announcements in the media about TTSL support. Who really knows how many clubs were For or Against these decisions? Where is the evidence? Where is the transparency? He wouldn't run it by me because he knows that I will ask the right questions. I think that the method utilized, without transparency was to manipulate the clubs."

TTSL’s membership of some 22 clubs has whittled down to 13 presently, due to issues of non-compliance, inability to pay registration fees, club drop-outs and a clause which leads to automatic suspension if clubs miss consecutive competitions in the League.

Rigues called for the names of the clubs that agreed to support the TTFA, to be put out to the public for all to see.

Guardian Media Sports sent three questions via WhatsApp to Super League president Look Loy regarding the questions and comments made by Rigues and some club officials, however, he read the message but up to press time he did not reply.

Meanwhile, Colin Murray, a member of TTSL’s board of directors said he knows for sure that letters of the request were sent out to the membership via email and WhatsApp, and he knows that about eight or nine clubs responded positively.

When contacted two of the clubs that heeded the call of the TTFA request were Erin FC and Prison FC. Prisons manager Ferdinand Bibby said, his club’s decision to support the former TTFA was to show the other clubs that the membership will be ready to support clubs that fall on hard times.
Title: Re: Can a Worldwide “Debt Jubilee” render the Normalisation Committee unnecessary?
Post by: Controversial on April 05, 2020, 01:13:49 PM
Boy I could see it now. Now that the debt erase we still need the normalization committee to put financial measures and best practices in place.

Wallace and them need to follow this investigation all the way through no matter what the consequences. That is the only way.

It’s an investigation with no merit brother..

Their basis is what exactly? The financial measures and best practices were already there and Wallace and team were improving on it and getting to the bottom of it, until fifa intervened to save their neck...

Basically fifa is appointing whoever they want to lead our football, they don’t care and want to sabotage us, the Cfu having no power is further evidence of their true goal.... all of sudden corneal and others names are showing up on positions... wth is that?

Without the debt, fifa has no legs to stand on bc they are using that as an excuse which they allowed to happen under the dictator... Hadad knew before he was going to be selected, even if there was an interview, it would be to tow the line...

Our nation is filled with puppets, they also know Look Loy will retire in 2 years, so hence the 24 months to ensure progress doesn’t happen
Title: Re: Can a Worldwide “Debt Jubilee” render the Normalisation Committee unnecessary?
Post by: FF on April 05, 2020, 01:47:09 PM
When I reference investigation I do not mean the normalization committee. I mean the investigation that Wallace and them initiated into the home of football and the financial malpractice of the previous administration. We need to follow that to the end to unravel all this FIFA corruption
We on the same page
Title: Najjar gives TTFA challenge little chance of success
Post by: Tallman on April 05, 2020, 01:59:15 PM
Najjar gives TTFA challenge little chance of success
Jamaica Gleaner


Former Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) head coach Dr Hannibal Najjar has held out little hope for the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association’s (TTFA) appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against FIFA’s sudden takeover of the organisation.

“I don’t think they have a chance in hell or heaven to be represented because I don’t think we’ve got ourselves strong enough,” Najjar told CNC3 TV here.

“They don’t have enough experience in them and enough contacts to see who they would be able to call to get some kind of assistance on what they could do.

“To come in and move them out in the first place … means they were the wrong choice. You never thought they would’ve won.”

In a sudden move last month, football’s governing body announced that it was replacing the William Wallace-led TTFA executive with a normalisation committee just four months after being elected.

This followed an assessment of the TTFA’s finances, carried out by FIFA, which revealed “extremely low overall financial management methods combined with a massive debt”.

RISK OF INSOLVENCY

With the TTFA “facing a very real risk of insolvency and illiquidity”, FIFA said that it would take charge of the daily operations of the organisation for the next two years so that “corrective measures [could] be applied urgently”.

However, Wallace pushed back against the decision, announcing that the TTFA had retained legal counsel and would “oppose FIFA’s injustice” at the CAS in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Najjar, who led T&T in a handful of matches before quitting in 2003, said he had been left “traumatised” by FIFA’s actions.

“It’s a mess, not only the last few weeks, but it (TTFA) has been running as a messy affair for the last few years,” said Najjar.
Title: Re: Can a Worldwide “Debt Jubilee” render the Normalisation Committee unnecessary?
Post by: socalion on April 05, 2020, 05:27:53 PM
There should be / need to be further investigation into Djw and Fifa officials as it relates to the home football project !
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on April 05, 2020, 07:15:54 PM
If appellants the world over declined to pursue the right to appeal based on speculatively unfavorable outcomes or the lack of favorable certainty, there would be an abundance of injustices ratified by inaction and myriad impediments to human progress as we have known it.

The naysayers fail to appreciate that pursuit of this appeal is fundamental - immaterial of the ultimate conclusion - and that failing to appeal would constitute acquiescence in an injustice.

There is little to no question that FIFA has not acted in good faith and that essentially FIFA and CONCACAF have abused their discretion for reasons beyond the formal assertions rendered. When did integrity earn a price tag?
Title: Re: Can a Worldwide “Debt Jubilee” render the Normalisation Committee unnecessary?
Post by: asylumseeker on April 05, 2020, 07:19:43 PM
There should be / need to be further investigation into Djw and Fifa officials as it relates to the home football project !

Absolutely. And,  the Government  of Trinidad & Tobago should be at the forefront of pursuing its own inquiry.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on April 05, 2020, 07:22:34 PM
Mr Look Loy needs to chill if his PRESIDENT is cool. He not and didn’t want to be in charge. Not everyone agrees with one’s view, so get closer to them to try and see theirs.

Disagree. Will explain below.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on April 05, 2020, 07:54:38 PM
Ramdhan, Look Loy lock horns over FIFA's Normalisation Committee
By Walter Alibey (T&T Guardian)


Ramesh Ramdhan, general secretary of the T&T Football Association (TTFA), has said he will not be drawn into an unnecessary fight with Keith Look Loy, the former chairman of the TTFA technical committee, over alleged information being leaked to the new FIFA-appointed normalisation committee, which has taken control of T&T football.

Look Loy, "I had no issue with Ramdhan giving information to Hadad because he is an employee of the TTFA."

Ramdhan, a former World Cup referee now turned football administrator has been providing requested information to the Normalisation committee which was installed last week, is being led by businessman Robert Hadad, and include Attorney Judy Daniel and retired banker Nigel Romano, a director and partner of Moore T&T.

The controversial former TTFA technical committee chairman, who is also a member of the board of directors of TTFA by virtue of being the T&T Super League’s President said if Ramdhan wanted to take a political position, he would have to resign because he (Look Loy) recognises Wallace as the president of the TTFA.

Contacted on Friday, Ramdhan made it clear that when he received a letter from football’s world governing body, FIFA, requesting that he stay on to help the normalisation committee last Thursday, he immediately telephoned William Wallace, the former president TTFA, to inform him.

He said Wallace told him to do what he had to do and noted that the sport should not be allowed to suffer at any time.

Ramdhan, who made it clear he was not beholden to the persons who appointed him as general secretary as his position was an independent one, is directing Look Loy to the TTFA’s constitution which gives him the right to share info, being the go-to man from FIFA, the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), the Confederation of North Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), as well as all other football-related bodies on matters.

According to the TTFA constitution, the general secretariat shall carry out all the administrative work of TTFA under the direction of the general secretary. The members of the general secretariat are bound by the Internal Organisation Regulations and shall fulfil the given tasks in good faith:

1. The general secretary is the chief executive officer of the general secretariat;

2. He shall be appointed on the basis of an agreement governed by private law and shall have the necessary professional qualifications;

3. He shall be responsible for: a) implementing decisions passed by the general meeting and board of directors in compliance with the president’s directives; b) attending the general meeting and meetings of the board of directors, emergency committee and the standing and ad-hoc committees; c) organising the general meeting and meetings of the board of directors and other bodies; d) compiling the minutes for the meetings of the general meeting, board of directors, emergency committee and standing and ad-hoc committees; e) ensuring that the accounts of TTFA are properly managed and up to date; f) the correspondence of TTFA; g) relations with the members, committees, FIFA, CONCACAF and CFU; h) organising the general secretariat; i) the appointment and dismissal of staff working in the general secretariat upon approval of the president; j) the appointment and dismissal of managerial staff, upon approval of the president and the board of directors.

4. The general secretary may not be a delegate at the general meeting or a member of any body of TTFA.

Ramdhan, who has not been paid salaries for four months and was the one who borrowed monies to ensure staff members were paid their February wages, has dismissed calls by the former chairman of the technical committee Look Loy for him to resign as general secretary if he wants to get into the politics of football.

“I came into the United TTFA to serve football and to date, I still want to serve the sport. I have been liaising with Hadad and sharing information with respect to football,” said Ramdhan, telling Guardian Media Sports that he has spoken to Hadad about the non-payment of TTFA staff for the month of March.

Contacted yesterday, Wallace, did not see any problems with Ramdhan’s commitment as secretary.

“If he is the secretary of the normalisation committee then he has to act as such and that is it. I do not see anything that points to Ramdhan getting into the politics of the game. Ramdhan has also taken the position to be secretary, which is fine for me,” Wallace said.


Look Loy is correct. The belated decision to deploy Ramdhan is a politically motivated decision designed to frustrate, co-opt, compromise and divide unified action by the Wallace administration.

There is not synonymity between the position of federation GS and the position of secretary to the NC. Ramdhan's role in stimulating the appeal to CAS and the tenor of his communications to VMO are what stimulated FIFA to bring him into the NC apparatus  (undoubtedly in consultation with CONCACAF).

A man can't effectively serve two masters simultaneously despite the naive notion of "what is best for football" and the hollowness of representing that he has no master under either scenario, both of which require guided and mastered action. 

Similarly no one acting as secretary to the NC can essentially exude the independence that Ramdhan professes he will exert.  That's simply not the nature of the beast or its burden.

A formal resignation as GS should be the precursor to becoming secretary of the NC for several reasons - one of which includes that FIFA's obviation of the Wallace-led executive did not insulate Ramdhan with continuity in office and Ramdhan's implicit politicisation of the GS role stands in contradiction to the appeal process in the public interest of T&T football stakeholders vis-a-vis the opposing interests of the NC ... although ostensibly there is a supposed intersectionality of interests.

Mr. Wallace, FIFA is playing a well-considered game of chess. Doh mistake it for draughts.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: maxg on April 05, 2020, 08:20:03 PM
I think I follow your point, however, As Ramdhan at present is the person responsible for most of the communication between Fifa and the new TTFA. i.e. The primary witness to the reported transgressions of the chief FIFA official for the region as well as the reporting of those of the previous admin. We don't want him to resign and pull out at this point.
I get the impression that the majority although certain that Fifa was incorrect in their decision/actions, we do not need to go to WAR with Fifa to prove their actions wrong. War leaves casualties whereby many lower in the totem pole and lowest in rank, discouraged, disabled or dead on both sides, while the top guys celebrate success or surrender. We can appease FIFA by displaying we are not at war with them, even if we disagree with their action.
If we seem to be fighting amongst ourselves even as we try to argue why we should be left in charge, then we already lost our argument before we make our appeal to have this decision revised. More reason for Fifa to display why their decision is in fact correct. As someone says certain things have to be decided and worked out behind closed doors, and if 3 FOR and 2 against, we have to present we are in agreement FOR. Otherwise, yes a Normailsation Comittee will be necessary. No ?
Title: Re: Can a Worldwide “Debt Jubilee” render the Normalisation Committee unnecessary?
Post by: maxg on April 05, 2020, 08:47:40 PM
There should be / need to be further investigation into Djw and Fifa officials as it relates to the home football project !

Absolutely. And,  the Government  of Trinidad & Tobago should be at the forefront of pursuing its own inquiry.
Especially considering their (tax-payers) contributions.
Title: Re: Can a Worldwide “Debt Jubilee” render the Normalisation Committee unnecessary?
Post by: pull stones on April 05, 2020, 09:18:36 PM
When I reference investigation I do not mean the normalization committee. I mean the investigation that Wallace and them initiated into the home of football and the financial malpractice of the previous administration. We need to follow that to the end to unravel all this FIFA corruption
We on the same page
you rarely post but when you do you drop the knowledge hard. i would like nothing better than for them to pursue DJW hard and relentlessly to expose his nefarious dealings with fifa even if we are banned indefinitely.

i think they have nothing to lose and everything to gain if they go after this glorified hotel called the HOF to uncover it's skeletons that the fat boss have buried, i'm sure they could find something to convict gianni on or at very least remove him and victor dog and all the sell outs who facilitate them. but that would be a big miracle wouldn’t? and a most welcome one at that.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: FF on April 06, 2020, 02:34:25 AM
maxg is nothing less than war!

You feel Fifa coming to take prisoners? It not in their best interests to leave anybody of the past admin alive (relevant)
In case you missed it this was a root and branch action.

This thing goes beyond the boundary.


Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: pull stones on April 06, 2020, 03:26:00 AM
maxg is nothing less than war!

You feel Fifa coming to take prisoners? It not in their best interests to leave anybody of the past admin alive (relevant)
In case you missed it this was a root and branch action.

This thing goes beyond the boundary.
so does that mean even if we win at CAS we lose? let be hypothetical here and say we won the case and FIFA reinstate us, not getting their desired results, wouldn’t you think that they would use every trick in the book including poor officiating to punish us, and wouldn’t it be better if they were removed all togetherfora new administration?

The way I see it is that we need at least the support of CFU members, but since these fellers are all soft bellied yes men, to be comfortable we would need at least half the member states to support so that FIFA would have no choice but to bide by their losses without causing any further disenfranchisement.

I agree with you, no friendly encounter with these mobsters, it’s all out war or nothing at all. I got to who be honest here, I thought after blatter and warner this organization was above board and cleansed of its evil ways, and I find it shocking that they would meddle in the affairs of confederations, trying to install people who would vote for them instead of encouraging free and fair elections.

 IMO there must be a rival to this administration who wants to challenge them next election that the ttfa could complain too, even a media house who has it in for infantino like Jennings had it in for blatter, there has to be.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: pull stones on April 06, 2020, 03:26:51 AM
When is the next FIFA elections, and who are the candidates?
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on April 06, 2020, 06:46:07 AM
A comment regarding normalization made in recent months. The winds were already blowing in the direction.

...
Maybe from a fan perspective it would be strategic to trigger government intervention into the affairs of the national federation. Eventually that would pick the TTFA president and his collaborators as losers and the national community as winners.

Mr. Prime Minister, it's a winning proposition and a vote getter. Have you seen the response to the petition? It's a referendum on the land provided by the State to the TTFA.

Always better to grab the bull by the horns than to have de bull grab you by the horns.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: FF on April 06, 2020, 08:30:09 AM
When is the next FIFA elections, and who are the candidates?

You feel this thing is joke? Infantino ran unopposed last June.
He in office until 2023.... or more like whenever he get pried out like his successors.
Title: Re: Can a Worldwide “Debt Jubilee” render the Normalisation Committee unnecessary?
Post by: asylumseeker on April 06, 2020, 09:41:00 AM
There should be / need to be further investigation into Djw and Fifa officials as it relates to the home football project !

Absolutely. And,  the Government  of Trinidad & Tobago should be at the forefront of pursuing its own inquiry.
Especially considering their (tax-payers) contributions.

Precisely. And, the Prime Minister's comments made subsequent to my posts in July and November bolster that view.

Additionally, the government's interest in the HoF is more than esoteric. Although the PM portrayed it as the GoTT having washed its hands of the project after providing the land to the TTFA, that is not a sustainable position because the government holds an expectational interest in the outcome that did not cease with conveying the land to the TTFA. And, there has-been a failure of regulatory oversight by government entities regarding the fulfilment of that expectational interest because the HoF has deficiencies that block it from serving the purpose for which it was represented as being constructed.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: maxg on April 06, 2020, 01:06:00 PM
maxg is nothing less than war!

You feel Fifa coming to take prisoners? It not in their best interests to leave anybody of the past admin alive (relevant)
In case you missed it this was a root and branch action.

This thing goes beyond the boundary.



Ok. Let's say we go to war. We David(WW), them Goliath(INfantino et al). We win our case, but them say nah is War, Goliath ain't dead, just lost the battle, long live Fifa, so they suspend the current TTFA for not conforming to their decisions or maybe not releasing equal normal funding as given to other regional members  (they can trump up something).Exhb a) So we have the right people, but no income, Government can't help, as all potential funding used up in present and future replenishment from fallout of Covid19. Debt still unrelaxed. Sponsorship revised and unable to assist. Covid19. Staff still to be paid, but no funds. Staff has to leave to find other jobs. Cases /Lawyers for the items with Walkes, Warner, Phillips, Hart, and whatever outstanding creditors, willing to take negotiate less, yet no funds. We can't raise a penny to play a fete match, farless put a team together. However, our best  Players agree to play for free and come on their own bill. Who we playing and where ?
Thing is, I ok with that. At this time, world economy and social values will be changing and the recovery of all countries will be of paramount.  This gives our football, time to develop(5-10yrs) and then we can reapply to join world organization, IF so desired.

Scenario B
We loss, NC is maintained, but we at War. No cooperation. Fifa withhold funding - Right ppl for some, still restricted income , but some. No staff, no confidence, no support. Football not going anywhere, as organization and admin is the focus. No football for a few years, Electorial body instill, the wrong people. We protest, Fifa suspend. and above occurs.

In war, there is not necessarily prisoners, when there are very few witnesses. Just graves. Then there is the fact that we have spies, traitors and turncoats in our ranks. What is point of winning the battle to lose the War. No, I think we should avoid War as long as we can, so if and when it does come we are prepared to win, regardless of the earlier battles. We first have to be a majority on the same page, have the same goals and commitment. Lest we lose every battle due to a knife in the back.

add: I understand most ppl points, but we are already hard done by. I am just wary of cutting off our noses to spite our faces. We can't just look at how it affects us as fans, but how it affects our country and our people, especially our youth. I know I can survive without Fifa, but do we have the ppl who can function without that dream at present ? not sure. My mind is still open to strategies doh.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on April 06, 2020, 01:24:51 PM
Dahis food for thought.

If only we could change to an economy that exports traitors, spies, turncoats and backstabbers. We might have a trailor load plus.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: socalion on April 06, 2020, 02:15:49 PM
I have a question to all football loving fans of TnT football fans ! What must the ttfa do in this instance as it relates to Fifa's stance by removing a democratically elected  team of officials of the current ttfa body ? An election they ( Fifa ) themselves oversaw ! In all seriousness it is inconceivable that Fifa now  to choose invalidate the William Wallace elected body to replace it by one of their Fifa choosing ! Yet many  are now coming out of the woodwork siding with Fifa's unjust albeit nonsensical explaination for the position they have taken . It is an outrage and should be called exactly that . It is unjust and should be called that . What must the ttfa do ? Should the ttfa In all fairness Go on blended knees  begging please? What example are we setting to the younger ones by allowing such ugliness on the part of Fifa , to continue . This is not about ego on the part of the current ttfa to take a firm stance against what Fifa has done or is attempting to do as claim by Fifa , it is simply addressing an act of injustice that's my view . Stand up against injustice  falling to do so is allowing abuses to continue
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on April 06, 2020, 02:43:58 PM
I have a question to all football loving fans of TnT football fans ! What must the ttfa do in this instance as it relates to Fifa's stance by removing a democratically elected  team of officials of the current ttfa body ? An election they ( Fifa ) themselves oversaw ! In all seriousness it is inconceivable that Fifa now  to choose invalidate the William Wallace elected body to replace it by one of their Fifa choosing ! Yet many  are now coming out of the woodwork siding with Fifa's unjust albeit nonsensical explaination for the position they have taken . It is an outrage and should be called exactly that . It is unjust and should be called that . What must the ttfa do ? Should the ttfa In all fairness Go on blended knees  begging please? What example are we setting to the younger ones by allowing such ugliness on the part of Fifa , to continue . This is not about ego on the part of the current ttfa to take a firm stance against what Fifa has done or is attempting to do as claim by Fifa , it is simply addressing an act of injustice that's my view . Stand up against injustice  falling to do so is allowing abuses to continue

Ent.

There was injustice in 1974; we ate that. There have been subsequent injustices that were eaten. But for some iz just to bounce from one "eat a food" session to the next. Nonsense.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: maxg on April 06, 2020, 03:02:52 PM
I have a question to all football loving fans of TnT football fans ! What must the ttfa do in this instance as it relates to Fifa's stance by removing a democratically elected  team of officials of the current ttfa body ? An election they ( Fifa ) themselves oversaw ! In all seriousness it is inconceivable that Fifa now  to choose invalidate the William Wallace elected body to replace it by one of their Fifa choosing ! Yet many  are now coming out of the woodwork siding with Fifa's unjust albeit nonsensical explaination for the position they have taken . It is an outrage and should be called exactly that . It is unjust and should be called that . What must the ttfa do ? Should the ttfa In all fairness Go on blended knees  begging please? What example are we setting to the younger ones by allowing such ugliness on the part of Fifa , to continue . This is not about ego on the part of the current ttfa to take a firm stance against what Fifa has done or is attempting to do as claim by Fifa , it is simply addressing an act of injustice that's my view . Stand up against injustice  falling to do so is allowing abuses to continue
Totally agree, but Stand up and do the necessary in such a way that it does not lead to additional injustice. It's most discouraging and disappointing when one buys a victim's fight against a bully and the victim help the bully buss yuh ass. And the ppl who witness and standby just observing buffing yuh for getting involved in the first place. As I tell my kids, living in any society-sometimes class filled and racial- especially an unequal one,  choose yuh battles and expect no help.  At the end of the day, if you win, many will say how correct and commendable it was for you to stand up, when you win. And those same ppl will chastise you for not being smart and practical when you lose. Pick yuh battles and plan for the future, but by all means battle.             
Title: Re: Can a Worldwide “Debt Jubilee” render the Normalisation Committee unnecessary?
Post by: Controversial on April 06, 2020, 03:19:23 PM
There should be / need to be further investigation into Djw and Fifa officials as it relates to the home football project !

Absolutely. And,  the Government  of Trinidad & Tobago should be at the forefront of pursuing its own inquiry.
Especially considering their (tax-payers) contributions.

Precisely. And, the Prime Minister's comments made subsequent to my posts in July and November bolster that view.

Additionally, the government's interest in the HoF is more than esoteric. Although the PM portrayed it as the GoTT having washed its hands of the project after providing the land to the TTFA, that is not a sustainable position because the government holds an expectational interest in the outcome that did not cease with conveying the land to the TTFA. And, there has-been a failure of regulatory oversight by government entities regarding the fulfilment of that expectational interest because the HoF has deficiencies that block it from serving the purpose for which it was represented as being constructed.

Hope, assumption and opinion my friend... that doesn’t correlate to actual reality and govt action, or inaction in this case

Why would it be more than esoteric to them if they were complicit? Hypothetically speaking

And if there wasn’t some collusion, the govt of TT washing their hands of the situation wouldn’t have even been mentioned tbh
Title: Re: Can a Worldwide “Debt Jubilee” render the Normalisation Committee unnecessary?
Post by: Controversial on April 06, 2020, 03:21:57 PM
There should be / need to be further investigation into Djw and Fifa officials as it relates to the home football project !

Absolutely. And,  the Government  of Trinidad & Tobago should be at the forefront of pursuing its own inquiry.
Especially considering their (tax-payers) contributions.

Ideally yes, but the govt has never had the ideal approach tbh
Title: Re: Can a Worldwide “Debt Jubilee” render the Normalisation Committee unnecessary?
Post by: Controversial on April 06, 2020, 03:22:34 PM
When I reference investigation I do not mean the normalization committee. I mean the investigation that Wallace and them initiated into the home of football and the financial malpractice of the previous administration. We need to follow that to the end to unravel all this FIFA corruption
We on the same page

 :beermug:
Title: Re: Can a Worldwide “Debt Jubilee” render the Normalisation Committee unnecessary?
Post by: Controversial on April 06, 2020, 03:27:53 PM
There should be / need to be further investigation into Djw and Fifa officials as it relates to the home football project !

Won’t happen by the govt, bc they are equally corrupt..

Wallace initiated and they cut the chord and called for the NC... it’s a Lone Ranger type of scenario where the govt will stay quiet unless their names are dragged into it with evidence
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Controversial on April 06, 2020, 04:54:13 PM
When is the next FIFA elections, and who are the candidates?

You feel this thing is joke? Infantino ran unopposed last June.
He in office until 2023.... or more like whenever he get pried out like his successors.

Because head of CAF is his riding partner and Cfu is dismantled ...

With a united front for Cfu that opposes neo colonialism they are in trouble, even worse with CAF... Africa needs to get its act together

African football has not progressed and they hold the most power in the world of football
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Controversial on April 06, 2020, 04:56:54 PM
Dahis food for thought.

If only we could change to an economy that exports traitors, spies, turncoats and backstabbers. We might have a trailor load plus.

A quarter of the nation fits into that category nicely.. eat ah food mentality above the people as a whole

TT has effectively killed its chances of being a progressive stable democracy with a strong sports, health, any sector ... only carnival functions well but the music has gone to the dogs
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: socalion on April 06, 2020, 05:06:08 PM
I have a question to all football loving fans of TnT football fans ! What must the ttfa do in this instance as it relates to Fifa's stance by removing a democratically elected  team of officials of the current ttfa body ? An election they ( Fifa ) themselves oversaw ! In all seriousness it is inconceivable that Fifa now  to choose invalidate the William Wallace elected body to replace it by one of their Fifa choosing ! Yet many  are now coming out of the woodwork siding with Fifa's unjust albeit nonsensical explaination for the position they have taken . It is an outrage and should be called exactly that . It is unjust and should be called that . What must the ttfa do ? Should the ttfa In all fairness Go on blended knees  begging please? What example are we setting to the younger ones by allowing such ugliness on the part of Fifa , to continue . This is not about ego on the part of the current ttfa to take a firm stance against what Fifa has done or is attempting to do as claim by Fifa , it is simply addressing an act of injustice that's my view . Stand up against injustice  falling to do so is allowing abuses to continue

Ent.

There was injustice in 1974; we ate that. There have been subsequent injustices that were eaten. But for some iz just to bounce from one "eat a food" session to the next. Nonsense.

Seeker I could not agree wid yuh more ! And  I clearly recall that 1974 robbery of our national team in Haiti  ! As yuh say too many bounce from one ( eat ah food ) to de next,  what ah shame doh !
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Flex on April 07, 2020, 08:40:23 AM
Wallace, sacked TTFA executive to file CAS appeal.
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).


MEMBERS OF the sacked executive of the TTFA (TT Football Association) – president William Wallace and his deputies Clynt Taylor, Susan Joseph-Warrick and Joseph Sam Phillip – will be filing their appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), as they try to thwart FIFA’s running of the local governing body.

FIFA implemented a normalisation committee, headed by local businessman Robert Hadad, on March 17 and replaced the TTFA’s board, on the basis of mounting debts and financial mismanagement.

Wallace, who took over from David John-Williams as TTFA president on November 24, 2019, is using the legal team of Dr Emir Crowne and Matthew Gayle to fight his group’s battle against the global governing body.

On Monday, Gayle said, “The necessary fee to CAS has been paid and the statement of appeal will be filed (by Tuesday).”

The fee, which is required to lodge the complaint to CAS, is 1,000 Swiss francs (TT $7,000).

There has been public debate over whether or not Wallace and his team will be successful in their legal venture, but Gayle said, “Our view is that the normalisation committee has no legitimacy. There is no basis in law for FIFA or any other external body to interfere with the day-to-day running of the TTFA. That’s really where we’re at.

“Nothing has changed in that regard, notwithstanding the fact that FIFA purports to have appointed some of the members of the normalisation committee. Even the appointment of the normalisation committee has not been in keeping with FIFA’s own statutes.” Gayle mentioned, “Statute 8.2 of the FIFA’s statutes sets out when you can appoint a normalisation committee and how a normalisation committee can be appointed. It hasn’t complied with what 8.2 says.”

According to article 8.2 of FIFA’s constitution, “Executive bodies of member associations may, under exceptional circumstances, be removed from office by the Council in consultation with the relevant confederation and replaced by a normalisation committee for a specific period of time.”

Gayle said, “More fundamentally than that, is the normalisation committee is purported to be the base in the running of a sovereign body which, quite frankly, it can’t do without the acquiesce of a sovereign body.”

Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: socalion on April 07, 2020, 02:02:48 PM
 To the President of ttfa Mr. William Wallace and your legitimately elected team , it is with pride as a Trinbagonian i salute you  for the principled and firm stance taken to proceed with your case to (Cas ) , inspite  of all the naysayers as well as the doubters / defectors . It is the right thing to do, the pursuit of justice .
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Cocorite on April 07, 2020, 05:54:25 PM
Socalion,

I add my endorsement to this gesture. Proud to stand with people of integrity and backbone. True leadership.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Deeks on April 07, 2020, 06:11:32 PM
I support them all the way. Let Fifa know that they may be a big tree, we are a small axe, but we will ........
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: soccerman on April 07, 2020, 10:49:48 PM
To the President of ttfa Mr. William Wallace and your legitimately elected team , it is with pride as a Trinbagonian i salute you  for the principled and firm stance taken to proceed with your case to (Cas ) , inspite  of all the naysayers as well as the doubters / defectors . It is the right thing to do, the pursuit of justice .
:beermug:
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: maxg on April 08, 2020, 10:19:02 PM
I just took a look to see an example of the workings of CAS in dealing with a football case

https://www.tas-cas.org/fileadmin/user_upload/Award_CAS_5264-5265-5266_internet.pdf

Check the length of time to get a decision. I got almost 30 months of Lott’s a bs. Of Course The applicant submissions were dismissed.
Something had me lil confused doh.

It might be the fact that Inter Miami got in, Miami FC out. Anyone have any more info on their (FC) application?

Add: appeals might not be as long but given the current world situation, an early response or resolution might still be long rather than short term. Due to the same world situation, we have time.
Title: The everlasting T&T football and cricket controversies
Post by: Tallman on April 09, 2020, 06:51:45 AM
The everlasting T&T football and cricket controversies
By Colin Murray (T&T Guardian)


April 5 - a glorious, sunny day. No English Premier League football, no Indian Premier League cricket or for that matter, nothing sporting wise to watch so just another day of lockdown; or so I thought.

But this is T&T so I picked up the Sunday Guardian and there were the headlines; one read, 'Look Loy under fire from TTSL VP, clubs’ and the other, ‘Dillon: I didn’t get TTCB November letter’.

Even with no activity on the sporting field, there is seldom a dull moment off the field especially with football and cricket in this country. So I thought let me delve into these stories.

Now, I have no allegiance to Look Loy and I only knew him from school days when he was a tough, no-nonsense centre-half playing for St Mary’s College. Off the field, he is the same way - what you see is exactly what you get. Our paths crossed a few times after that when he was on the technical staff of Malick Secondary and Joe Public F.C. while I was at Fatima and Carib FC so I hold no brief for him.

I have since served with him over the last few years on the board of the T&T Super League (TTSL) as I was nominated by Queen’s Park Cricket Club to be on said board. Like any president, he has his own views on how things should run but credit must go to the board members as if they don’t agree with something, they let him know and if need be, it is put to a vote; and if he wins or loses, we move on together like any democratic board.

When Mr. Look Loy called me asking if I would support the TTSL giving US$2,000 as a donation to help cover the legal fees of the former executive of the T&T Football Association (TTFA), in their fight against FIFA’s implementation of a normalisation committee to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, I immediately said no. I felt it was not a board decision but rather a club decision to spend this money on legal fees.

As I was made to understand, I was the second board member to be contacted and as we both said no, Look Loy never bothered to contact the other members of the board as his next step was to contact all the clubs directly and allow them to make the decision.

I foresaw the responses coming from the clubs so I was indeed comfortable with the process. Ten clubs voted to support the TTFA and make the donation, two abstained and one replied by email asking if it was a joke. The evidence is there for all to see and I would say to those, seek and you shall find but there will always be those who don’t care to know the truth as many of us, unfortunately, thrive on propaganda and misinformation.

Perhaps I am simplifying the issue but it was a simple vote: yes or no to support the legal action of the TTFA board. Why even such a simple exercise must turn into stark controversy is baffling but once again, there are those in society who will oppose for opposing sake once they are not in charge or they don’t support who is in charge.

Look back at the TTSL, it is arguably one of the best-run leagues in the country. Fixtures are completed on time, payment to match officials are on time and once the sponsors who commit to sponsorship do their part, prize money is paid out.

Like Look Loy, I have no allegiance to Mervyn Dillon, T&T Red Force coach. I first encountered Mervyn when I managed the T&T regional team at the Red Stripe bowl back in Jamaica.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t continue with those duties due to my job commitments but then again, I was never asked after that. I suppose being persona non grata I didn’t fit the role that the T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) was after.

To be honest, I do feel for Dillon but how do these irregularities happen? Dillon says he got no letter from the TTCB of their intention to advertise for his position when his contract ends but the board says he was informed via a letter in November? So who does one believe?

Again, something as simple as this turns into a big controversy. Don’t get me wrong, the board has all right to advertise the post but why am I getting the feeling that something is not sitting right? Is this the only post being advertised and if so why? Surely there must be a multitude of posts within the organisation to be advertised when the cricket season ends.

Please, correct me if I am wrong but I haven’t seen any advertisements for Under-19, U-17 coaches, etc. Aren’t coaches throughout the system just as important as the senior coach? It leaves me to wonder if Dillon’s position has been advertised for more than cricketing reasons.

Over the years, we have been humbled, humiliated and beaten and we never changed coach or for that matter, the entire management team. But, here is a case where we finished second and the team seemed to be improving and we are suddenly advertising for a senior coach.

Come on, TTCB. You can do better than this. If the incumbent is not wanted other than for cricketing reasons, then sack him and put the person whom you think is better suited to do the job; that is also within your right. But, how do you not rehire a man who led the team in the last three matches to a first innings win and two outright victories, one being against the champions?

Best of luck.
Title: Wallace: We are still in charge
Post by: Tallman on April 09, 2020, 06:59:29 AM
Wallace: We are still in charge
By Walter Alibey (T&T Guardian)


William Wallace, who was removed as the president of the T&T Football Association (TTFA) has made it known that he and his executive, vice presidents Clynt Taylor, Joseph 'Sam' Phillip and Susan Joseph-Warrick, are still in charge of the management of the sport in T&T.

Wallace, who is also the president of the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL), said in a video statement on Wednesday that he can only be removed by the operations of the TTFA's constitution and not by the sport's world governing body-FIFA, of which the country (TTFA) is a member.

On March 17, the FIFA informed the General Secretary of TTFA Ramesha Ramdhan that the executive has been removed and a normalization committee will govern the sport in T&T after it was felt that the instability of the TTFA, coupled with its unconvincing plans to clear debts that have crippled the sport for many years in the twin-island Republic, had left a lot to be desired. As such the FIFA enforced Article 8.2 of its Statutes, allowing a normalisation committee to take control of the sport for a maximum of two years.

The FIFA, which is headed by Gianni Infantino, who Wallace has fingered as a known supporter of the previous TTFA administration under David John-Williams, agreed to remove the William Wallace-led football executive, which was just three months into its four-year tenure, after being elected on November 24. On March 27 FIFA named the Normalisation Committee with businessman Robert Hadad as chairman, and Environmental Specialist and attorney Judy Daniel, as deputy chairman together with retired banker Nigel Ramano and said that two other members will be named soon. On Monday, the TTFA challenged FIFA's decision through the Court and Arbitration for Sports (CAS) based in Lausanne, Switzerland, where the FIFA headquarters is located.

However, Wallace made it clear that his association was formed by an act of Parliament to serve the public interest in the nation.

He said, "That our relationship with FIFA is vital. We the duly elected executive of the TTFA, cannot simply ignore the decision of the FIFA, which seeks to impinge on our national sovereignty and jeopardise football in T&T. We remain, however, committed to working constructively with the FIFA, and other international organisations in the interest of the sport and the interest of T&T."

In his video statement on Wednesday he said: "It is for this reason that two evenings ago, I gave instructions to the TTFA Attorneys to file an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS), challenging FIFA's decision to attempt to interfere with the day-to-day affairs of the TTFA. The Attorneys have confirmed that this was done and that we have been assigned a case number (CAS 2020/A/6915).

"FIFA and its purported normalisation committee, headed by Hadad, had no standing. Make no mistake about it, we the duly and properly elected executive of the TTFA, remain in charge of the association's business."

Only this week, the TTFA, through its lawyers Dr Emir Crowne and Matthew GW Gayle officially filed an application to challenge FIFA through the CAS after paying a fee of $1,000 Swiss Francs. It is expected to pay another undisclosed amount for the service of the arbitrators.

Also on Wednesday, Wallace sought to dismiss claims the embattled football association could face being banned for challenging the FIFA.

The TTFA lawyers have proposed that Englishman Mark Hovell, a solicitor from Manchester, England, be the sole arbitrator in their case against football’s world governing body FIFA.

Hovell is a highly experienced sports lawyer and insolvency practitioner who specialises in regulatory, governance, commercial and financial matters, across all sports, both in the UK and across the world.

Additionally, he sits regularly as an arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and The FA's regulatory commissions.

FIFA has until April 14 to submit their comments regarding the request - whether they agree to a sole arbitrator deciding matters and Hovell's appointment.

The local football boss said they are only following the guidelines of the FIFA Statutes, which gives member associations the right to challenge FIFA if they feel wronged in a situation. He made it clear he was not thinking about facing any suspension for the actions of the TTFA. However, Wallace promised it would be another matter, if the TTFA should be banned for following the Statutes of the FIFA, saying they will deal with that if and when it comes.

He told Guardian Media Sports yesterday that member associations could face a different action by FIFA if they challenge the world governing body through the local courts.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Flex on April 09, 2020, 11:49:24 AM
Wallace: FIFA cannot remove me.
By Narissa Fraser (Newsday).


FORMER TT Football Association (TTFA) president William Wallace is adamant he is still the head of the association despite FIFA’s appointment of a normalisation committee. He said based on the TTFA’s constitution, FIFA cannot remove executive members from the board.

Wallace was elected TTFA president in November 2019, replacing the David John-Williams-led team.

Throughout their campaign, Wallace’s team promised to bring transparency and honesty to the association.

But in a release on March 17, FIFA said the decision was made because of the TTFA’s “low financial management methods” and “a massive debt.” It was done under article 8:2 of FIFA’s statutes and will be led by businessman Robert Hadad.

But in a video published on Wednesday, Wallace confirmed he and his deputies Clynt Taylor, Susan Joseph-Warrick and Joseph Sam Phillip filed an appeal against the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).  He said FIFA is trying to “jeopardise football in T&T.

“I was elected on a platform of transparency and financial probity. We stood in a position with the financial mismanagement, botched projects and the cronyism of the previous administration. We stood on a platform of eliminating the TTFA’s debt and returning football to the people of T&T.”

He said his team was not given a chance to implement its plans to resolve the association’s woes, calling the decision a “total injustice.”
He said normalisation committee “has no standing.

“To be clear, I remain the president of the TTFA based on our constitution. The TTFA was created by an act of parliament to serve the public interest.

“I can only be removed by the operation of the TTFA’s own constitution – not by FIFA.” But he said the association’s relationship with FIFA is vital and its decision cannot be ignored.

They will be represented by Dr Emir Crowne and Matthew Gayle to fight the group’s battle against the global governing body. He said they have since been assigned the case number CAS2020/a/6915.

“We remain committed to working constructively with FIFA and other international organisations in the interest of the sport and in the interest of T&T.

“Make no mistake about it, we the duly and properly elected executive of the TTFA, remain in charge of the association’s business.”

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Bring it on! Wallace and Look Loy discuss Fifa fight, media backlash and Peter Miller
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868).


Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president William Wallace vowed to file an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) today, as the local body attempts to stave off a take-over by global governing body, Fifa.

On 17 March, Fifa general secretary Fatma Samoura announced the governing body’s decision to immediately replace the TTFA’s board with a normalisation committee, now headed by local businessman Robert Hadad.

Wallace, who was elected TTFA president on 24 November 2019, said the local body raised the 1,000 Swiss Francs (TT$7,000) necessary to lodge its complaint.

It could take another 15,000 Swiss Francs (TT$104,000) to meet the cost of arbitration. And that’s before things get really tricky, as TTFA attorneys Dr Emir Crowne and Matthew Gayle—who are working pro bono—cross swords with the legal team for the mammoth sporting body that has 201 member associations and cash reserves of over US$2.7 billion (TT$18 billion).

Wallace, who is also a retired vice-principal at the Carapichaima East Secondary school, is adamant about the morality of his position.

“For me, it is a matter of treating with injustice,” said Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president William Wallace. “At the end of the day, I know we are going up against a mountain; but we have to tell our story—win, lose or draw.

“After that, whatever happens, happen.”

Article 8.2 of the Fifa constitution states that: ‘Executive bodies of member associations may under exceptional circumstances be removed from office by the Council in consultation with the relevant confederation and replaced by a normalisation committee for a specific period of time’.

The seven-member Fifa Bureau of the Council, which is effectively the body’s emergency committee, claimed that the TTFA’s financial situation met its criteria of ‘exceptional circumstances’.

However, Fifa recognises CAS, a fellow Switzerland-based entity, as its final court of appeal (article 14 and 58) and Wallace hopes to sway the latter body. Fifa is based in Zurich while CAS is in Lausanne.

At present, CAS is only offering hearings via video conference, due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, and Wallace has no idea when an arbitrator will be appointed for their matter.

The Trinidad and Tobago Super League (TTSL), Secondary School Football League (SSFL), Northern Football Association (NFA), Trinidad and Tobago Football Referees Association (TTFRA), TT Women’s League of Football (WoLF) and Trinidad and Tobago American Youth Soccer Organisation (TTAYSO) have offered written support of Wallace’s position.

They represent 17 of the TTFA’s 49 delegates, or roughly 35 percent of the local football ecosystem. Even then, the support is not necessarily unanimous; although, according to TTSL president Keith Look Loy, the divisions were possibly overstated in the media.

Thirteen TTSL clubs participated in the 2019 season. Ten of them voted to back Wallace. They were: Bethel United, Club Sando, Erin FC, FC Santa Rosa, Police FC, Prison Services, Petit Valley/Diego Martin United, RSSR FC, San Fernando Giants and UTT FC.

Matura ReUnited and QPCC, who have Hadad as a member, abstained. And Guaya United asked if the request was ‘a joke’.

Subsequent to the TTSL’s public declaration of support for the besieged TTFA president, Guaya manager Randy Hagley expressed dissatisfaction with the wording of the release—which said: ‘the clubs of the TTSL wish to communicate their support…’—while TTSL vice-president Jameson Rigues claimed to be unaware of the request for support.

Look Loy said Rigues was not informed because he opted to go straight to the clubs, who are voting delegates of the TTFA, rather than the TTSL’s board.

“I was doing a round robin of the board and I first approached Eddie Dean and Collin Murray and they said the clubs [rather than the board] should decide,” said Look Loy. “So I stopped the round robin right there and decided to go straight to the clubs. So I didn’t consult the rest of the board.

“[…] The decision was taken in a very transparent and democratic way. All of the clubs were advised of the issue. Ten voted in favour, two abstained and one did not agree.

“The issue [regarding whether the TTSL support for Wallace was overstated] is a non-issue but it is part of an ongoing attempt by some who are consumed by their hatred for Look Loy and are always guided by that.”

Look Loy suggested that there was a campaign by some media houses against the current TTFA administration and himself and pointed to the misinterpretation of his comments about TTFA general secretary Ramesh Ramdhan.

A TV6 report suggested that Look Loy accused Ramdhan of ‘leaking’ information to the normalisation committee. Sports reporter James Saunders told Wired868 that he took ownership for the mix-up, apologised and subsequently corrected the error on-air.

But the claim of internal discord was still republished in the Trinidad Guardian and discussed on air by I95.5FM.

“I think that the media—and in particular the Guardian Media—have taken up the mantle of some kind of campaign against the TTFA administration,” said Look Loy. “I will use the immediate example of this business with Ramdhan which was seized upon by the Guardian and I95.5.

“[…] It is unprofessional, lazy work at best; or, at worst, a campaign to sell the message that Look Loy is an ogre who is always looking to fight with somebody.”

Look Loy also took offence at a claim by Trinidad Guardian sports editor Keith Clement that the TTSL president was a friend of controversial British marketing official Peter Miller, and involved in a TTFA approach to the Arima Borough Corporation on behalf of obscure organisation, Lavender Consultants.

“I had no part in that [proposal] but then Clement writes a big article in the Guardian and says that Keith Look Loy is ‘reportedly a friend of Peter Miller’,” he said. “Why bring my name in that? I have absolutely nothing to do with that—I have never been in a meeting [and] I don’t know the details. To say that Miller and I have ever been in a project or any sort of business together is not true.

“[…] My focus is technical matters, criticise me for that. Don’t bring me into your foolishness if you want to criticise someone else’s portfolio… It must be that they feel I am the ramrod in the outfit, so let us go after him to undermine the credibility of the entire outfit.”

Clement and I95.5FM talk show host Andre Baptiste did not respond to requests for comments on their coverage of the TTFA or the accusations levelled by Wallace and Look Loy.

Although Look Loy distanced himself from Miller, there is no question that the businessman played a role in the electoral campaign of Wallace’s United TTFA slate.

In documentation between Lavender Consultants and the Arima Borough, Miller signed under the title of ‘TTFA marketing director’. Wallace confirmed that the TTFA board never hired a marketing director.

“We did discuss outsourcing marketing at the board but we have not yet signed off with any individual or entity,” said Wallace. “Peter worked with us before the elections and continued work after the elections; and I am sure when the pre-elections plans started to unfold, he would have been considered and proposed to the board.”

Wallace said that any reference to Miller as a TTFA employee was an ‘error’ and suggested he was the ‘United TTFA marketing director’.

“It was originally United TTFA, so that is an error that carried over,” said the TTFA president. “The discussion [regarding] this deal started before the elections.”

Miller’s first job in Trinidad, almost 20 years ago, was at the W Connection Football Club, owned by former TTFA president David John-Williams. He then took up an executive role at the Football Company of Trinidad and Tobago (FCoTT) under Jack Warner.

In both cases, Miller is believed to have delivered considerably less than he promised. He was subsequently accused of more of the same—and much, much worse—at English clubs from Northampton and Luton Town to Port Vale.

Wired868 asked Wallace if he held any concerns about aligning the TTFA’s brand with someone of Miller’s reputation.

“This information [about fraudulent past behaviour by Miller] is news to me,” said Wallace. “Nobody has presented this info to me. If the information is credible, I will of course be concerned.”

Still, Look Loy stressed that Miller, as far as he was aware, was not a TTFA employee and only due a commission based on what business he brought to the table.

“I obviously know that he was involved in organising some of these promised sponsorships that were unveiled when the United TTFA ran its [election] campaign, like the Nike deal,” said Look Loy. “And when that fell down he played a part in the Avec Sport contract. He never held a TTFA post but he might have been doing marketing work.

“My position to the board was that we should outsource [marketing and sales] to more than one entity on a commission basis, so if you bring a dollar you get 10 cents…”

For Wallace, the TTFA presidency has been a baptism of fire and it is left to be seen if he will get a chance to see it through.

Crucially, on the field of play, the only national team to play thus far—the Women’s National Under-20 Team—were quarterfinalists at the February Concacaf Championship. And appointments of popular local-based coaches like Terry Fenwick, Angus Eve and Derek King were warmly received by football fans.

But much of that bonhomie seems to have already deserted the football body.

“Since this normalisation committee occurred, there are so many people coming out of the woodwork to comment,” said Wallace, “and there is a narrative in certain media houses and you can see people taking sides. The truth doesn’t seem to matter in Trinidad and Tobago anymore.”

Incidentally, Wallace is still president of the SSFL. He was elected to the helm of the TTFA near the end of the SSFL’s 2019 season and decided to wait until the school body’s AGM in April 2020 to formally give his farewell speech. Former San Juan North Secondary principal Phillip Fraser has acted as SSFL president in the interim.

“Our [SSFL] AGM was supposed to be in early April and I was planning at that point in time to resign,” said Wallace. “Based on the situation now, I won’t be in a hurry to do that. I still have another year in my two year term [as SSFL president], so I will hold on that to see how things develops.”

Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Flex on April 09, 2020, 12:08:24 PM
Collective head-scratching as Fifa lists Corneal, De Four and Caesar as employees.
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868).


Who returned Anton Corneal, Stephan De Four and Wayne Caesar to their former Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) portfolios?

At present, the Fifa website lists the aforementioned men as technical director, Women’s National Senior Team head coach and referee’s department head respectively. However, none of those appointments were made by the TTFA board and at least two of those roles were already filled.

The board hired Dion La Foucade as its technical director on 15 January while Boni Bishop was selected to head the referee’s department last month. They replaced Corneal and Caesar respectively—Corneal left the football body on 31 July 2019, after his contract was not renewed by then football president David John-Williams.

The top Women Soca Warriors coaching post was vacant, as the William Wallace-led administration sacked De Four on 14 December 2019 but had not named his replacement, with American Randy Waldrum believed to be their first choice.

At present, the TTFA is splintered due to a Fifa decision on 17 March 2020 to implement a normalisation committee in the twin island republic. It means that although Wallace remains the elected leader of the local football body, Fifa is recognising Robert Hadad as its man of business here.

Neither Wallace nor Hadad claim to know anything about the recent ‘appointments’, which showed up this weekend on the Fifa website.

“That is news to me—I haven’t seen that,” Hadad told Wired868. “Everyone was told that everything must remain as it is until we hear from Fifa. So we are moving in a holding pattern.”

Hadad said he will field a call from Fifa tomorrow, although he is not sure who he will speak to, since the governing body apparently assigned a few persons to ‘guide’ its normalisation committee on different things. He will ask for clarification on the inclusions of Corneal, De Four and Caesar.

The Hadco co-CEO and Queen’s Park Cricket Club (QPCC) member said he is anxious to meet the TTFA staff as soon as the government advises that it is safe for ‘non-essential’ companies to reopen, which could be as early as 16 April.

He hopes to access subvention money from Fifa, which was withheld from Wallace, to pay outstanding salaries to employees and technical staff members.

“For now, I am just looking at numbers and figures and the size of the debt, and trying to work out a strategy in terms of how we approach it,” said Hadad. “But I really want to meet the staff before I say more to the media.”

Corneal, for his part, said he was just as surprised and confused as everyone else.

“I know nothing about that [re-appointment] so I think it is false news,” he said. “Nothing was said to me.”

Wired868 confirmed that, generally, Fifa updates its member association information based on particulars sent directly by the general secretary or media officer of the respective football body, or through the latter’s website.

The TTFA’s website continues to list Wallace and his slate as its leaders with La Foucade and Terry Fenwick as technical director and Men’s National Senior Team head coach respectively.

Media manager Shaun Fuentes denied giving Fifa any ‘new’ information about the positions in question. General secretary Ramesh Ramdhan could not be reached by phone, although, based on Hadad’s position, it is unlikely that he would have done so.

Since Fifa lists Hadad as president and Judy Daniel—incorrectly added as ‘Daniel Judy’—as vice-president, it is certain that the Gianni Infantino-headed body has updated the TTFA’s page.

Time will tell whether the aforementioned additions of Corneal, De Four and Caesar were clerical errors or something more meaningful.

Fifa, in consultation with Concacaf, ‘reserves the right to revoke the mandate of any of the members of the TTFA normalisation committee and/or to appoint further members at any time’.

As such, Hadad and company can be ordered to follow the dictates of Fifa on most matters. But it is worth noting too that, according to the TTFA constitution, only the local football body’s board of directors can hire or fire employees.

Wallace and his vice-presidents, Clynt Taylor, Sharon Joseph-Warrick and Sam Phillip, have vowed to challenge Fifa’s decision to implement a normalisation committee in Trinidad and Tobago at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). They have until 8 April to do so.

Fifa did not respond to a request for clarification on its website entry, up until the time of publication.

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Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Flex on April 09, 2020, 02:25:43 PM
The abnormal normalisation clause: how seven Fifa ‘gentlemen’ usurped 210 nations in war on the TTFA.
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868).


On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the Covid-19 outbreak to be a pandemic, which was unprecedented for a coronavirus. By then, Italy’s Serie A had already been halted by the government with multiple sporting competitions set to follow.

The Bureau of the Fifa Council promptly rescheduled an upcoming Fifa Council meeting from Friday 20 March to a ‘date yet to be confirmed in June-July 2020 at the Home of Fifa in Zurich or via video conference’.

But while Fifa president Gianni Infantino was happy to delay the core business of the world governing body, the affairs of Trinidad and Tobago—a country with a population of 1.4 million, which has not qualified for a Fifa competition in 11 years—appeared to be far too pressing.

So, on Tuesday 17 March, Infantino’s Bureau of the Fifa Council convened and ‘decided to appoint a normalisation committee for the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) in accordance with article 8 paragraph 2 of the Fifa Statutes’.

A day later, the same body held a second meeting.

“The Bureau of the Fifa Council chaired by Fifa president Gianni Infantino convened by conference call today,” Fifa stated on 18 March, “to address the exceptional circumstances created by the Covid-19 virus outbreak …”

TTFA president William Wallace, a former school teacher in his third month on the job, weighed heavier on the minds of Infantino and his inner circle than a global pandemic, wreaking havoc on healthcare systems, economies and, not least, sporting competitions?

Two weeks later, Trinidad and Tobago has the ‘what’, ‘when’ and ‘how’ of Fifa’s shock decision, while the ‘why’ remains a source of speculation. However, in a battle that seems to hinge on personalities, the ‘who’ might also be worth closer examination.

Fifa’s Council, which comprises of Infantino and 37 members elected from the various associations, is the equivalent of its board of directors. (Interestingly, Uefa is allowed three vice-presidents and six ordinary members, while other confederations get a single vice-presidential spot and between two to six ordinary members each.)

According to article 34 of the Fifa’s statutes, the Council ‘defines Fifa’s mission, strategic direction, policies and values—in particular with regard to the organisation and development of football at worldwide level and all related matters’ and ‘oversees the overall management of Fifa by the general secretariat’.

Article 11 states that only the Congress, an annual meeting of all 210 member associations, shall ‘decide whether to admit, suspend or expel a member association solely upon the recommendation of the Council’.

And decisions of the Congress, according to article 32, ‘come into effect for the member associations 60 days after the close of the Congress, unless the Congress fixes another date for a decision to take effect’.

Yet, Fifa has a separate committee, the seven-member Bureau of the Fifa Council headed by the president, with sweeping powers, whose decisions, according to article 38, ‘take immediate legal effect’. Decisions of the Bureau, like the call to implement a normalisation committee in Trinidad and Tobago, still need to be ratified by the Council at its next meeting in three or four months’ time.

But by then, if things follow their usual course, Wallace would have already resigned his post. Fifa, you see, cannot legally remove the president of a member association. The TTFA’s constitution states that only its members can do so, via three quarter of the valid votes at its general meeting.

However, what Fifa’s Bureau can do is enter sovereign jurisdictions and essentially create a second ‘shadow’ leader. And then, the Infantino-led body steps back and waits for the psychological pressure of its disapproval and the potential threat of suspension—a decision that does not rest with the Bureau—to coerce the targeted football president into falling on his or her own sword.

“Can the head of the normalisation committee go to the TTFA’s bank, produce the appointment letter from Fifa and withdraw money?” asked TTFA attorney Matthew Gayle.

So much for the legality of Fifa’s appointment of Robert Hadad, as the de facto head of Trinidad and Tobago football for the next two years.

Fifa offered to help the TTFA straighten out its constitution; maybe it should look at the beam in its own eye. By its actions, the Bureau is effectively wielding power over member associations that the Fifa statutes suggest should belong only to its Congress.

Article 8.2 states: ‘Executive bodies of member associations may under exceptional circumstances be removed from office by the Council in consultation with the relevant confederation and replaced by a normalisation committee for a specific period of time’.

And article 38.2 states: ‘The Bureau of the Council shall deal with all matters within the competence of the Council requiring immediate decision between two meetings of the Council’.

Two clauses that allow a decision meant to be overseen by 210 nations with a 60 day waiting period, to instead be made by seven persons—or, potentially, four—with immediate effect.

Before we look at the Bureau members whose identities were hidden behind the Fifa letterhead, it is worth revisiting the stated justification for intervention in the twin island republic:

‘The recent FIFA/Concacaf fact-finding mission to Trinidad and Tobago […] found that extremely low overall financial management methods, combined with a massive debt, have resulted in the TTFA facing a very real risk of insolvency and illiquidity.

‘Such a situation is putting at risk the organisation and development of football in the country and corrective measures need to be applied urgently.’

Much can be said about the fact that, over the last four years, Infantino, Mosengo-Omba and a host of mid-level Fifa and Concacaf officials held over a dozen meetings and symposiums in Trinidad, funded the football body, and approved its financial books annually without, apparently, discovering the ‘extremely low overall financial management methods’ that existed.

Or that Fifa then appointed finance manager Tyril Patrick, the person who oversaw the financial shambles, to run the local body.

It is not only former TTFA presidents—John-Williams and the late Raymond Tim Kee and Oliver Camps—who should be made to account for the Bureau’s charge; but also Fifa bigwigs like Mosengo-Omba, secretary general Fatma Samoura and, ultimately, Infantino himself.

Under what logic should Wallace, just three months into the job, be penalised for the mess that ‘DJW’ and Infantino left him.

“We commissioned an audit into [the TTFA’s internal structure] by our finance people and they provided a report which we [gave] to [Fifa],” said Wallace, who immediately targeted the body’s financial structure. “Fifa didn’t come in and discover that—we gave it to them and their response was that this is 50 percent of their job done.

“We went into an organisation with a total absence of financial structure and were working on developing one.”

Since Fifa never released the annual US$1.2 million (TT$8 million) Forward Programme money that the TTFA is entitled to, Wallace turned to good samaritans like Kendall Tull, a consultant with decades of financial management and audit experience, who agreed to help spearhead the necessary reform for free.

Tull, who sat in on meetings with the Fifa/Concacaf mission in February, was dumbfounded by the Bureau’s subsequent claims.

“One of the things that was said by the Concacaf representation, Alejandro [Kesende], was it is the first time he has ever come [to Trinidad] and someone spoke his language in relation to the financial issues facing the organisation,” said Tull, “and in terms of the lack of internal controls and other issues that have been plaguing the organisation. They literally said that the report we gave to them that outlined what we found and had recommendations about how we would proceed going forward made their jobs a whole lot easier.

“They recognised that the new administration understood what the circumstances were and were taking steps to address them. All of that was actually said.

“So you would not have thought on the basis of what they said—we are not debating whether what they said [about the weakness of the TTFA’s structure] is untrue—but to suggest we were not addressing it as a matter of urgency and priority is a misrepresentation. That absolutely is not the case.”

Now is as good a time as any to look beyond the ‘Fifa letterhead’ at the seven men who comprise the Fifa Bureau.

Fifa did not respond to Wired868’s request for the names of the persons who made the infamous decision on 17 March. But we know the president of each confederation is entitled to sit in at Bureau meetings.

Those are: Victor Montagliani (Concacaf), Alejandro Dominguez (Conmebol), Aleksander Ceferin (Uefa), Lambert Maltock (Oceania), Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa (Asia) and Ahmad Ahmad (Africa).

Dominguez, a 48 year old businessman, had a meteoric rise to the role of Fifa vice-president. He served for just three years as Paraguay football president before he was promoted to president of the entire South American confederation and given a Fifa VP jacket.

“I saw the opportunity,” Dominguez told the media. “I didn’t see the crisis.”

The ‘opportunity’ that allowed his rapid ascension was US Department of Justice investigations that led to charges against three successive Conmebol presidents—Nicolás Leoz, Eugenio Figueredo and Juan Ángel Napout, the latter described by one publication as Dominguez’s ‘close friend’—within the space of three years.
Dominguez potentially stood in judgment of Wallace’s administration, two weeks ago.

Then there is the 63-year-old Maltock, who is in his third term as Oceania president and has been at the helm of the Vanuatu Football Federation since 2008. Vanuatu are ranked 163rd in the world and less is known about Maltock than his tiny homeland of 272,000 people.

Ceferin, a 52 year old Slovenian sport attorney by profession, has made a name for himself as European president by standing up for his confederation’s smaller clubs and associations.

Did he vote to implement a normalisation committee in Trinidad too? That would be interesting, since the TTFA’s debt is TT$50 million or just under €7 million. At present, the Football Association of Ireland, which continues to run its own affairs, is €55 million (TT$407 million) in debt.

Ceferin—or any Eufa proxy who might have represented him—should have some explaining to do.

Wallace would not want to harass the 54-year-old Asian Football Confederation president Al Khalifa, who is a member of the House of Khalifa which is the ruling family of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Campaign groups like Human Rights Watch, Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain and the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy accused Al Khalifa of heading a committee that identified athletes—including international Bahraini footballers—involved in pro-democracy demonstrations during the ‘Arab Spring’ in 2011, many of whom were later imprisoned.

The Bahraini administrator’s allegedly macabre duties for the House of Khalifa lack the flair of his counterpart from the Africa Football Confederation.

Like Al Khalifa, the 60-year-old Ahmad simultaneously holds sporting and political office. He is senator in Madagascar while also heading the Malagasy Football Federation and running African football. (Meanwhile Wallace vowed not to attempt to serve as Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) president and TTFA boss at the same time.)

Despite those three massive portfolios, Ahmad, according to former Caf general secretary Amr Fahmy, found time to sexually harass staff and siphon off money from the African football body. The president, naturally, denies the accusation.

Last June, Ahmad was arrested by French authorities but subsequently released without charge as part of ‘a probe into corruption, breach of trust and forgery’.

But Ahmad’s most memorable alleged indiscretion came during the Russia 2018 World Cup. He billed Caf for US$18,450 in daily allowances for a 41-day stay in the host nation between 7 June and 17 July. But, between 23 June and 1 July, he also trousered another US$4,050 for a trip to Cairo under the heading of ‘Visit to Caf Bureau’.

He was simultaneously collecting money for being in Egypt and Russia at the same time. So where was he? According to BBC, documents suggest that Ahmad was actually back in Madagascar for at least four of those days.

Fifa did not confirm whether the 60-year-old Ahmad was on the conference call that made a damning judgment on the state of the TTFA’s finances. But clearly he can be a hard man to pin down.

And then there is Montagliani, the 54-year-old Canadian who holds the distinction of being the first Concacaf president from outside of the Caribbean since 1991—a job that relies in large part on a splintered relationship between the islands.

Montagliani and John-Williams share the dodgy distinction of both showing popular Canada-based Trinidadian coach Stephen Hart to the door. Both enjoyed similar ‘benefits’ from it.

Montagliani was Canada football president for barely five months when Hart’s push towards the Concacaf Hex ended with a catastrophic 8-1 loss away to Honduras. He accepted the coach’s resignation and Canada subsequently plummeted to its lowest ever Fifa ranking of 122.

The Canadian football team was 75th in the world when he took over; and, by the time he was promoted to Concacaf president, it was 109th.

Presumably, Montagliani would see himself as capable of ‘advising’ the TTFA about the necessary steps towards regaining its former glory.

The Concacaf president got uncomfortably close to TTFA politics in recent times.

Just weeks before last November’s election in Couva, Montagliani solicited a letter from Nike North America Sports Marketing Senior Counsel, Zoe Brathwaite, which raised questions about a campaign promise made by Wallace. The Canadian forwarded the letter to John-Williams and it surfaced just two days before the TTFA’s AGM.

“I had a [Concacaf] meeting in December and I asked the president of Concacaf [Victor Montagliani] about the letter,” said Wallace, in a previous interview, “and he explained to me that he was asked by the Trinidad FA to look into arrangement of the Nike deal.

“And in talking to Nike, [Concacaf] indicated that, since Nike was a sponsor of Concacaf, if they supported [Wallace’s slate] they would be supporting an entity that was running against one of the Concacaf members—which was Trinidad and Tobago—and it would look like interference in an election. And Nike stepped back.”

Could Montagliani’s act be viewed as interference in a local election? And, if so, should he now be involved in effectively nullifying that electoral result?

Article 38.5 of the Fifa statutes states: ‘The President is entitled to designate a deputy for any member who is unable to attend or has a conflict of interest. The deputy shall belong to the Council and the same confederation as the member who is unable to attend or has a conflict of interest’.

Wired868 asked Concacaf whether Montagliani represented the confederation at the Bureau meeting of 17 March. Up until the time of publication, there was no response.

Might Infantino also be deemed to be ‘conflicted’?

Six days before the TTFA election, the Fifa president showed up in Couva to open the Home of Football and referred to John-Williams as his ‘teammate’ in a speech to football stakeholders and journalists:

“I came to Trinidad and Tobago, and I was not believing to find somebody like [David John-Williams] in Trinidad and Tobago. I have to say the truth. Because the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association was more or less in the same state as Fifa at that time. David was saying ‘shambles’, I say shambles was maybe a compliment for the state you found.

“We found a Federation which was under the earth. TTFA, Trinidad and Tobago Football, very sadly, was in the headlines for other reasons than football, even though linked to football. Today, we are here, and proud to be here, because today, Trinidad and Tobago is the capital of the world of football.”

In truth, when John-Williams was elected president in November 2015, he met a body that was:

(Finances) $16 million in debt;

(Men’s) Ranked 49th in the world and successive Gold Cup quarterfinalists;

(Women’s) Missed the 2014 Women World Cup by the slenderest margin after a 1-0 two-legged aggregate loss to Ecuador in a Fifa Play Off.

At the time that Infantino lavished praise on DJW, the TTFA was:

(Finances) TT$50 million in debt;

(Men’s) Ranked 104th in the world and had just set all-time records for longest losing streak, win-less streak and run of games without scoring;

(Women’s) Failed to even qualify for Concacaf round of the 2020 Olympic qualifying series, after being embarrassed 4-1 at home to St Kitts and Nevis.

The TTFA’s membership was not swayed by Infantino’s praise and, in front of Fifa and Concacaf observers, voted 26-20 to replace John-Williams with Wallace.

On Wallace’s first working day, the Home of Football was declared closed, since it lacked proper insurance and clearances and was deemed unsafe for use.

Further, TTFA general secretary Ramesh Ramdhan said the local football body planned to investigate spending at the Fifa project—which had at least TT$16 million unaccounted for—and would publicise its findings, even if Fifa officials like Mosengo-Omba were named.

How, then, could Infantino sit dispassionately in judgment of Wallace’s administration?

Thus far, Wallace has declared his intention to appeal the Fifa decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Victory would be unprecedented. But perhaps a legal battle would reveal as much about the flaws in Fifa as it does the TTFA.

And, more relevantly, it would turn the spotlight on seven men who wielded the authority of 210 member associations—and the controversial, wide-ranging clause that allowed it.

Editor’s Note: A US-based group called Supporters of United TTFA has opened a Go Fund Me account to help finance the football body’s appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Click HERE for more information.

TTFA president William Wallace has vowed to ‘oppose Fifa’s injustice at the Court of Arbitration for Sport’. Click HERE for more information. (https://www.gofundme.com/f/TTFA-Fights-FIFA-Intervention?utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_lico+share-sheet)

Video - TTFA v FIFA: Wired868's Lasana Liburd talks to TV6 Morning Edition (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=775PSAcNOqE&feature=emb_title)

Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Sando on April 09, 2020, 02:57:03 PM

In truth, when John-Williams was elected president in November 2015, he met a body that was:

(Finances) $16 million in debt;

(Men’s) Ranked 49th in the world and successive Gold Cup quarterfinalists;

(Women’s) Missed the 2014 Women World Cup by the slenderest margin after a 1-0 two-legged aggregate loss to Ecuador in a Fifa Play Off.

At the time that Infantino lavished praise on DJW, the TTFA was:

(Finances) TT$50 million in debt;

(Men’s) Ranked 104th in the world and had just set all-time records for longest losing streak, win-less streak and run of games without scoring;

(Women’s) Failed to even qualify for Concacaf round of the 2020 Olympic qualifying series, after being embarrassed 4-1 at home to St Kitts and Nevis.

The TTFA’s membership was not swayed by Infantino’s praise and, in front of Fifa and Concacaf observers, voted 26-20 to replace John-Williams with Wallace.

On Wallace’s first working day, the Home of Football was declared closed, since it lacked proper insurance and clearances and was deemed unsafe for use.

Further, TTFA general secretary Ramesh Ramdhan said the local football body planned to investigate spending at the Fifa project—which had at least TT$16 million unaccounted for—and would publicise its findings, even if Fifa officials like Mosengo-Omba were named.

How, then, could Infantino sit dispassionately in judgment of Wallace’s administration?

Very interesting !!!!

Lasana is a boss writer.

Good job.

Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: maxg on April 09, 2020, 04:27:35 PM
Would love to get those Lasana pieces in a UK tabloid. It will probably garner more interest and support than in this region.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Flex on April 10, 2020, 07:22:44 AM
Wallace's team picks Hovell for FIFA dispute.
T&T Guardian Reports.


Dr Emir Crowne and Matthew GW Gayle, the lawyers representing the ousted executive of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA), have proposed that Mark Hovell the highly experienced sports lawyer from Manchester, England, be the sole arbitrator in their case against football’s world governing body FIFA.

Hovell is a highly experienced sports lawyer and insolvency practitioner who specialises in regulatory, governance, commercial and financial matters, across all sports, both in the UK and across the world.

Additionally, he sits regularly as an arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland and The FA’s regulatory commissions.

FIFA has until April 14 to submit their comments regarding the request – whether they agree to a sole arbitrator deciding matters and Hovell’s appointment.

CAS appeals cost about $20,000 with the appellant’s legal costs generally doubling that amount. The filed appeal by former president Wallace and his three vice presidents Clynt Taylor, Joseph 'Sam' Phillip and Susan Joseph-Warrick, requests a sole arbitrator that, depending on the case, would reduce fees to $10,000 and expedite the process. Currently, the appellants have paid the first CHF 1,000 to file the appeal, quite where they will get the rest required to proceed is unclear.

In a video statement on Wednesday on their crowdsourcing ‘gofundme’ page, Wallace maintains that he is still in charge of the TTFA, saying: “To be clear I remain president of TTFA based on our constitution… I can only be removed by the operation of the TTFA’s constitution, not by FIFA.”

However, Wallace and his team have raised part of the money fund via the fundraising page showed no movement from Wednesday's total contribution which was at $3,155 up to press time and it was at the same amount up to press time again yesterday. The last contribution of US$50 was made on Monday. The target by Wallace's team is TT$300,000 to $500,000 or the estimated US$25,000 for the CAS appeal.

One of those that have donated is Keith Look Loy, the TTFA’s former technical committee chair under the Wallace administration, who paid in $200. Look Loy is the president of the Trinidad and Tobago Super League, who has said that the league’s clubs have agreed on a donation of $2,000.

A supporter Elvin Edwards has made the single biggest contribution of US$1,000 with Wallace contributing teh second largest amount of US$500.

On March 17, FIFA wrote to the TTFA advising them that they were appointing a normalisation committee to take over the running of the heavily indebted association. However, despite protests from the executive because such a move would be in breach of the TTFA constitution, FIFA proceeded to name members of the committee on March 26.

The action prompted the attorneys to file an appeal to set aside FIFA’s decision before the CAS on Monday, April 6.

On Wednesday, CAS acknowledged receipt of the appeal and issued a case number CAS2020/A/6915.

Wallace and his team also pointed to the Court that: Due to the implications of this matter, and the importance of football to Trinidad and Tobago (and the wider Caribbean region generally), the Appellants request a hearing of this appeal on an expedited basis.

a. To the extent that the CAS’ Emergency Guidelines are not extended and to the extent that the ban on international flights entering Trinidad and Tobago is lifted on/by June 1, 2020, the Appellants ask that the matter be heard in-person in Trinidad & Tobago at the earliest point thereafter. Indeed, as the Appellants and most (if not all) of the relevant witnesses, all reside within Trinidad & Tobago, the balance of convenience tips in favour of that location in our respectful view.

b. In the alternative, and if the CAS’ Emergency Guidelines and the current ban on flights entering Trinidad & Tobago are both extended beyond June 1st, 2020, the Appellants respectfully request that the matter be heard by video-conferencing means.

c. Nonetheless, whether through video-conferencing or in-person, the Appellants ask that the hearing be open to the public.

The lawyers now have until April 17, 10 days from when the appeal was due to be filed, which was Tuesday, April 7. Should they fail to do so. CAS will deem the appeal withdrawn.

FIFA then has 20 days to respond to the filed brief. They would be expected to do so by early May.

CAS has also invited the TTFA lawyers to consider the possibility of mediation.

According to a Sportsmax Antonio De Quesada, Head of Arbitration at CAS stated: “I take this opportunity to draw the Parties’ attention to the possibility of submitting this dispute to CAS mediation, which would not prejudice the Parties’ rights to subsequently re-submit the dispute to arbitration, should the dispute remain unresolved at the conclusion of the mediation procedure. A successful mediation procedure would result in a binding settlement, the terms of which have been agreed upon by both Parties.”

To make a contribution - CLICK HERE. (https://www.gofundme.com/f/TTFA-Fights-FIFA-Intervention?utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_lico+share-sheet)

Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: maxg on April 10, 2020, 10:42:01 AM
Given the way how FIFA conducted themselves with the previous admin,especially the support of a grown debt - 16 M to 50 M without any intense investigation and their current unfair removal of the present TTFA admin. I don't think mediation with a positive result is possible. To many crooks in that kitchen, historically and currently. Now, the question is, can little we remove them given our real and present debt situation ? Very unlikely. So besides reinstatement of the elected body. What else should we demand, if any ?

I think they should totally fund the completion of the Hotel/Dorm, as well as launch their own internal investigation into the reasons whereby the prev. admin had a debt of 34 M and whoever played a part in that accumulation, through their NC reps. In a published report, advising the current admin how to proceed with and their(Fifa) help to eradicating that debt.
With normal annual contributions (not asking for no more than any other admin), leave the current TTFA to handle any future admin, and financial dealings going forward. The NC can also monitor the debt growth of the current admin for the next 24 months .

Is that asking to much ?
Title: Kudos to TTFA president for standing up to FIFA
Post by: Tallman on April 11, 2020, 09:26:30 AM
Kudos to TTFA president for standing up to FIFA
T&T Express


Kudos must go out to Mr William Wallace, current elected president of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA), for standing his ground with the imposition from the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).

Mr Wallace is right in pointing out to the international body that indeed he and his other executive members were elected by due democratic process and was, and still is, the choice of people who have a vested interest in football in Trinidad and Tobago.

The scenario posited by opposition to the newly elected executive as concerned the closing down of the football centre in Couva and financial issues which the governing body is now faced with, just does not come into the equation.

The TTFA president's comment that the centre is just not ready for occupation is good enough to put on hold.

We must remember that the centre was opened just prior to the TTFA's election last year and questions have been raised as to the urgency.

Also, the financial difficulties which the association finds itself embroiled in could not have been the fault of the present executive but that of its predecessors.

It just has not been in power long enough to be blamed.

This large sum of money owed to personnel and institutions is certainly the mismanagement and/or negligence of past administrations.

Local sports in T&T has had its fair share of international interference in the past.

From our cricketers being blamed for "illegal arm action" just when their talents begin to flourish to bans on athletes for doping without the input of local administration.

It is refreshing to know that at least one "elected" individual in a democratically elected executive in at least one sporting discipline is asking that there be less interference on the execution of their responsibilities and duties.

The unusual appointment of the "normalization committee" sounds very suspicious and deleterious.

If a democratically elected body is to do what it was put there to do, it needs its independence with little or no outside interference. This intervention reeks of political interference.

WKS Hosein
Chaguanas
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Tallman on April 11, 2020, 09:32:12 AM
Former Arima mayor Elvin Edwards does not like treatment of TTFA
By Ian Prescott (T&T Express)


TWO-TIME former Arima mayor Elvin Hubert Edwards is backing the embattled Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) executive and has generously given to its cause against the world governing body.

A gofundme account was set up last month with the goal of raising US$25,000 to fight FIFA’S installation of a normalisation committee to run football in T&T in place of the elected William Wallace administration which took up office just four months ago. Earlier this week, the fund had crossed the US$3,000 mark.

The former TTFA executive also formally launched an appeal to the Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) which was also registered this week.

Former mayor Edwards has contributed one third of the money pledged so far. Of 28 contributors, the three pledging the most are Edwards and two of the parties actively involved in the matter - Wallace and Keith Look Loy. Wallace pledged US$500, while TTFA technical committee chairman Look Loy donated US$200 of his own funds. Edwards, who will be 70 on April 28, pledged US$1,000 to the cause, by far the greatest contribution.

Edwards admitted being a supporter of 2019 Trinidad & Tobago Super League champions FC Santa Rosa, owned by Super League president Look Loy.

“And not only Santa Rosa, but many other clubs, “ Edwards said. “People ask me for donations all the time, churches, and other organisations. Maybe I'm a little too generous at times, but I know why I do these things.”

Edwards’ latest motivation is his displeasure at how FIFA had treated the local association. FIFA listed as one of its reasons as protecting its development investment in Trinidad and Tobago from litigation owing to over US $7 million debt by the TTFA to creditors. FIFA funded the TTFA’s US$2.5m Home of Football, opened just a few months ago.

“I personally think the TTFA has been treated very badly by the manner in which it was done,” Edwards told the Express. “So I wanted to make a contribution towards fighting it.”

He added: “I saw something on Whatsapp asking for donations towards the plight of the TTFA and I supported it.”

Edwards served as Mayor of Arima for seven years and two terms between July 1996 – June 2003 before receiving a diplomatic posting in Canada from December 2003 – August 2010.

He attended Arima Boys’ Roman Catholic School, Arima Boys’ Government School and Holy Cross College. After going to university in Canada, he worked at a Canadian university and on his return to T&T, as an IT specialist at Royal Bank.

An avid sportsman, he played windball cricket and fete match football with Parkstars in Arima and represented Fulham Sports Club at age 17 in cricket and football. He was also invited to national trials in 1968 for both the Trinidad and Tobago senior cricket and football teams and represented T&T’s Under 25 cricket team against an Australian Under-19 team at Guaracara Park, Pointe-a-Pierre in January, 1970.

Past involvement in sport was a reason Edwards was sympathetic to the TTFA’s plight.

“Anybody having sports event to help the youths with and anything I think is worth it, I try to support however I can,” said the former Arima livewire, who has now retired from politics.
Title: When will Trinidad and Tobago's football rise from this mess?
Post by: Tallman on April 11, 2020, 09:51:20 AM
When will Trinidad and Tobago's football rise from this mess?
By Lance Whittaker (digicelsportsmax.com)


FIFA’s latest football rankings published this week listed the Caribbean powerhouse Trinidad and Tobago at 105th in the world, their second-lowest in history.

A Normalization Committee appointed by FIFA is charged with sorting out dire financial and administrative affairs of the TT Football Association (TTFA) but will the virus that has seen the regional giants plummet to their lowest levels all-time be tackled as well in this process?

The eight-time Caribbean Football Union (CFU) champions have now spent a 10th consecutive month outside the world’s top-100.

The last time T&T’s Soca Warriors were the top-rated Caribbean team on the FIFA Coca-Cola Rankings was October 2016. From 65th in the world three and a half years ago, they have steadily plunged to embarrassing levels, not good enough for a football programme that had long been regarded as the best in the Caribbean.

Absorbed in a political football power war in the past year that included acrimonious election campaigning and subsequent unseating of David John-Williams (DJW) as President, T&T’s football results have been ghastly.

The Coronavirus has dismantled all sporting schedules globally and maybe it’s a good thing for T&T’s football since the inactivity may have eased their fans from some more painful match results.

Former England international and 1986 World Cup defender Terry Fenwick is the new head coach, replacing Dennis Lawrence and the straight-talking ex-defender’s job is likely to be negatively impacted by the current administrative turmoil.

Indeed, there are already media reports of heated exchanges Fenwick has had with the Technical team over dissatisfaction with efforts to sort out passports for foreign-born players being targeted for T&T representation.

T&T’s football fraternity is divided over FIFA’s intervention that sidelined last November’s elected executive, whose attorneys Matthew Gayle and Dr Emir Crowne have now gone to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in an effort to annul FIFA’s intervention.

FIFA’s track record globally clearly indicates they are powerful enough and have the right to intervene in any of its 211 affiliates’ administrative affairs if they are deemed not to be following the FIFA Statutes -- rules and regulations – that they themselves have signed to.

Opponents of the FIFA intervention in T&T reason that it was indecently done, given the fact the new executive had only been in place for three months, trying to tackle massive financial problems that were largely inherited.

The fact that serious financial problems existed when John-Williams was boss and FIFA did not intervene, begs the question why didn’t they at the time? The answer is fairly obvious. John-Williams has a good relationship with the FIFA President Gianni Infantino and profited from FIFA’s support and understanding.

Days ahead of the November 24, 2019 TTFA elections, Infantino attended the glitzy opening of John-Williams’s biggest project, the “Home of Football” in Couva and he praised DJW as a leader displaying “wisdom and vision” with the project the FIFA President said represented “an investment in the future”.

Unruffled that T&T were just coming off setting all-time records for longest losing streak, winless streak and run of games without scoring, Infantino downplayed results in a SportsMax interview with George Davis, declaring firmly that when there is a heavy investment in stability with an eye for future development it was wrong to make a “sporting result (loss)” become a “tragedy” or a “catastrophe”.

Asserting obvious support for DJW’s team ahead of the TTFA Elections, Infantino defended the Home of Football investment as a building tool for the country’s football. “You need to build, you need to be stable … and that’s exactly what has been done and then the results will come because of the seriousness of the investment. We have now a solid foundation in this so that football can grow and be built and I am sure this will happen in the future with John-Williams,” Infantino said.

Infantino’s “future with John-Williams” narrative was ruined by DJW’s 26-20 loss to William Wallace’s men at the TTFA polls and I suspect that as far as FIFA is concerned, the wrong men are in charge.

A FIFA/CONCACAF audited study of the TTFA’s Finances in February apparently triggered the move to step in and remove the elected officials even though General Secretary Ramesh Ramdhan had reported to local media then that the mission was favourable and that FIFA were on their side. 

Leadership of major sporting organisations has long been about politics and power and football presidency at the global and confederation levels perfectly illustrate this.

I attended a few Caribbean Football Union (CFU) congress sessions that were open to the media during Jack Warner’s reign and saw the God-like sway he held over his subjects as a FIFA Vice-President and the CONCACAF Chief.

With that power, also came freedom to make unobstructed decisions, especially in a FIFA culture fashioned by Joao Havelange that while financially flourishing always had integrity question marks.

Brazilian Havelange, widely considered Warner’s mentor, enjoyed a 24-year reign -- before Sepp Blatter took over in 1998 – that boasted exponential football growth while never entertaining opposition. History shows you don’t fight FIFA and win so the odds are heavily against the relegated TTFA executive challenging this move by FIFA.

In the meantime, T&T’s football fans deserve more from their national team. Their October 2010 ranking of 106th in a brief sojourn outside FIFA’s top-100 almost 10 years ago, is the only ever weaker ranking position than they have now. Heading for a whole year outside FIFA’s top-100 as they are now, is unheard of in T&T’s glamorous football history.

How and when will the turnaround happen? Fenwick did not make it as a manager in his native England, but has had success in T&T, copping Pro League titles with Central FC (twice) and San Juan Jabloteh. He knows the T&T landscape well enough but appears short on the kind of talent that has propelled T&T’s International programme in the past.

Normalisation Committee chairman Robert Hadad, Judy Daniel and Nigel Romano along with the yet-to-be-named others on a five-member panel will have a tough job resuscitating T&T’s football, especially in this contentious climate fraught with bitterness and legal dispute.
Title: Yorke: FIFA made the right move
Post by: Tallman on April 13, 2020, 09:47:12 AM
Yorke: FIFA made the right move
T&T Guardian


T&T’s most famous footballer, based on his international record and appeal, Dwight Yorke, gave a rare interview to host Andre Errol Baptiste on Isports on i95.5fm Programme on Saturday.

The former Manchester United and T&T’s football captain at this country’s only World Cup appearance in 2006 (Germany), is currently in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and has been paying close attention to all that has been unfolding in local football including when FIFA announced on March 17 that it was appointing a normalization committee to run the affairs of T&T’s football, effectively replacing elected president William Wallace and his three vice presidents.

On March 27, FIFA named businessman Robert Hadad as chairman, attorney Judy Daniel as vice-chairman and retired banker Nigel Romano, as a member, with two more individuals to be appointed at a later date, to replace the ousted T&T Football Association (TTFA) executive, that was duly elected in November 2019 with William Wallace as president and including Joseph "Sam" Phillip, Susan Joseph-Warwick and Clynt Taylor as vice-presidents, who through their attorneys have lodged an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Switzerland on April 7.

"When it comes to football, things have to change. We have tried all aspects of it before. We know how successful we have been in 2006. I think football has been in decline for a number of years," said Yorke during the interview. "I think this is the right move and we all have to get back and focus and maybe think about the youth."

Yorke's support comes on the back of previous support for FIFA's action by the T&T Pro League, the Central Zone president Shymdeo Gosine and several local coaches and administrators of the local sport.

"The youths are the future of the football and I call on all the footballers out there who are aspiring to represent their country to continue to work hard because it is the only way forward and they must have that belief and hopefully, our country will one day find its way back on the world stage again,” said Yorke, re-emphasizing his desire to be involved in T&T’s football.

"I have always been (interested), I have never shied away from that I have always wanted to play an intricate part in whatever way it's possible. I can help the young people of T&T as I have said before. I have a lot of knowledge and experience over the years and I feel that I can contribute a lot to T&T’s football hopefully."

Yorke, a former national captain admits that he too is feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in Dubai, which has also locked down all citizens and visitors alike to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus in that country.

"It's been challenging like for everyone else out there. I'm lucky enough I'm based in Dubai at the moment so we been on lockdown for roughly three weeks and they're strict so we are one of the lowest in terms of the effect of the virus at the moment. I'm blessed that I'm in such a strict place that tries to keep this pandemic that is happening around the world under control.

"I know that we are a country that likes to enjoy ourselves, we like to be sociable with one another interacting that way and nothing is wrong with it but I'm calling on all my fellow Trinidadians and Tobagonians to make sure that they take care of themselves and follow the guidelines that are required. It's well publicised and the PM has put out his statement, to stay at home, social distance, wash your hands.

"I know the face mask is not something that has been broadcasted but if you look at the news now the face mask is probably the most important thing and I know its difficult to get hold of the face mask but when you go out, make sure to wear the face mask. It does save lives and that's what's matters most so its important that my people back home take this very very serious and make sure and have consideration for others not just for themselves but for the elders for the weak,” said Yorke, who scored 66 goals for Manchester United.

He admits that he has not reflected much on his career but knows that he has done well in terms of his playing career.

" I can vaguely remember some of the goals that I've scored but, having said that, I think my first year was just incredible. The way how it panned out and how it worked out. You know scoring 29 goals that particular season and doing everything else winning the 'Play of the Year', you couldn't ask for a better year.

"I feel that within that year I had some of my best goals, the important goals for United and even though it wasn’t a classic, the first time I played Liverpool at home in the FA Cup that was the one that really stood out. It's not a classic goal by any means but I saw the passion and the rivalry between Man United and Liverpool for the years, what it meant to the fans and to have scored that equalizer. You could feel the whole roof lift off that day when we equalized and obviously went on to win that game like in the dying minute of the game.

"That was the first time I really felt something unusual playing in the derby and feel what that meant and of course once we won that game. We went on to win the FA cup and went onto to win the title that particular year, so 66 goals, I mean that's pretty good and I'm sure that all of them played an important part at some point in those games,” said Yorke.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Deeks on April 13, 2020, 10:44:57 AM
Sorry Dwight, I respect you, but I can't agree with you.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Tallman on April 13, 2020, 10:48:35 AM
On November 18th, 2019, Trinidad and Tobago Football Association president David John-Williams opening the country's new football stadium and complex.

The same day of the unveiling, FIFA president Gianni Infantino lauded the work of the T&T Football Association and John-Williams. John-Williams would lose his bid for re-election just 6 days later.

Now less than 6 months later, FIFA is declaring that Trinidad and Tobago's football association is not fit for purpose and has appointed a normalisation committee to run football operations in the country.

Today we look at why Infantino and FIFA made such a drastic u-turn and why might this be a dangerous precedent for football associations around the world.

Guests:

Lasana Liburd (@Lasanaliburd (https://twitter.com/lasanaliburd)) is the CEO and editor of the website wired868.com (http://wired868.com/), which is where you can find ongoing coverage of this story and other Caribbean football news

Philippe Auclair (@PhilippeAuclair (https://twitter.com/PhilippeAuclair)) is a writer and broadcaster and you can read his exclusive interview with Keith Look Loy on Josimar.com (http://josimarfootball.com/infantinos-revenge/)

PODCAST: FIFA's New Political Weapon (https://www.footballtodaypodcast.com/podcast/episode/ebcf817b/fifas-new-political-weapon)
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: maxg on April 13, 2020, 12:46:42 PM
Sorry Dwight, I respect you, but I can't agree with you.
Sure FIFA should do a NC, but they 16 years late(see below), and since they couldn't see it necessary to do it in the last 3 admins, why do they see fit to do it now, when a open and aggressively transparent admin is determined to right the ship.  Maybe, and we all guessing, maybe this admin is to transparent, and as a result, to much crooked underhand dealings would be brought to the forefront. That won't be just a stain on their organization, that might actually cause additional hemorrhaging and need of critical life support of their internal workings. The last clean up was just a changing of the crooks/guard, depending on how you look at it. Can't have a little country like TT exposing that, no country for that matter.
As usual, Dwight wrong everytime he's not on the subject of football on the field.



From Wikipedia
2006 World Cup players' bonus dispute
Following the 2006 World Cup, the national team was thrown into turmoil by a dispute between the players from the World Cup squad and the TTFF. Prior to the competition, the players had agreed to a bonus scheme with the TTFF, where the players would share 50% of the federation's income from the World Cup.
Following the competition, the TTFF declared the income and expenses of TT$18.25 million and TT$17.97 million, respectively. This left TT$282,952 in net revenue and offered each player TT$5600, whereby the players rejected the offer. Subsequently, the TTFF revised their figure to TT$950,000. The amount the Federation received during their qualification campaign prior to the 2006 World Cup. The players also rejected the revised offer and requested to see the TTFF's unaudited accounts. The Federation refused the player's request.

The sixteen players were Marvin Andrews, Chris Birchall, Atiba Charles, Ian Cox, Cornell Glen, Cyd Gray, Shaka Hislop, Kelvin Jack, Avery John, Stern John, Kenwyne Jones, Collin Samuel, Brent Sancho, Aurtis Whitley, Evans Wise, and Anthony Wolfe. The players claim to have been blacklisted as none had been selected to represent the national team since a friendly against Austria in November 2006. The TTFF claimed that the decision was left to the coach, Wim Rijsbergen.[3]

On 30 June 2007, the players initiated a lawsuit against the TTFF.[4] Following an August 2007 inquiry by their lawyers to the Trinidad and Tobago government under the Freedom of Information Act, it was revealed that the TTFF had understated its income by at least TT$173.5 million. This was not including a TT$32 million bonus paid by the government and television revenue from friendly matches played in Europe prior to the World Cup. As a result, the players were deprived of at least TT$6.5 million each.[5]

Following the inquiry, the TTFF immediately lifted its ban on the players, and agreed to go to arbitration in London rather than to court. On 18 May 2008, British arbitrator Ian Mill QC ruled that the Soca Warriors were entitled to 50% of the profits of the Federation obtained from 2006 World Cup qualifying, as well as friendlies prior to the World Cup. However, on 9 Jan 2009 the proceedings never progressed as the TTFF were no longer interested in arbitration hearings in London and shifted their dispute to the Port of Spain Higher Court. The TTFF argued that the change was due to lawyers representing the 16 players breached the confidentiality clause in comments made to a local newspaper and other international media houses. A hearing of the application to lift the order which prevents the Port of Spain High Court from hearing the case is expected on 16 June 2009.[6][needs update]

In February 2011 the High Court ruled that an interim payment of US$1,140,384.39 be paid to the footballers. The judge also rejected the accounting documents submitted by the TTFF.[clarification needed]

In August 2012, the Federation relocated to new offices in Woodbroke as a consequence of having its equipment seized in a court order relating to unpaid payments.[7]
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: AZZURRI on April 13, 2020, 02:03:24 PM
On November 18th, 2019, Trinidad and Tobago Football Association president David John-Williams opening the country's new football stadium and complex.

The same day of the unveiling, FIFA president Gianni Infantino lauded the work of the T&T Football Association and John-Williams. John-Williams would lose his bid for re-election just 6 days later.

Now less than 6 months later, FIFA is declaring that Trinidad and Tobago's football association is not fit for purpose and has appointed a normalisation committee to run football operations in the country.

Today we look at why Infantino and FIFA made such a drastic u-turn and why might this be a dangerous precedent for football associations around the world.

Guests:

Lasana Liburd (@Lasanaliburd (https://twitter.com/lasanaliburd)) is the CEO and editor of the website wired868.com (http://wired868.com/), which is where you can find ongoing coverage of this story and other Caribbean football news

Philippe Auclair (@PhilippeAuclair (https://twitter.com/PhilippeAuclair)) is a writer and broadcaster and you can read his exclusive interview with Keith Look Loy on Josimar.com (http://josimarfootball.com/infantinos-revenge/)

PODCAST: FIFA's New Political Weapon (https://www.footballtodaypodcast.com/podcast/episode/ebcf817b/fifas-new-political-weapon)

With cases like Kenwyne and Joevin, where W Connection rec'd a good portion, if not most of the development fees, are the Schools (St Anthony's and Mucurapo) in line to receive development fees as well?
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: pull stones on April 13, 2020, 04:41:02 PM
Sorry Dwight, I respect you, but I can't agree with you.
i don’t know why people are surprised at yorke and latapy’s actions when these guys were the first to break ranks with their fellow team mates during the impasse where they cozied up to jack warner for seemingly positions in the organization/TTFF.

I used to hear people yelling at others if they said anything less than complimentary about these World Cup players, calling them “our heroes” and venerating them with the respect given to freedom fighting martyrs who gave their life blood for a great cause. there was always something about that which irked me in a particular way that these players were beyond reproach.

 fast forward years later and these guys are showing their true colors as to how self serving they are, latapy, Yorke and lawrence on particular. I remember during the last hex carlos edwards packed his bags and left because of something dennis lawrence did, and it dawned on me that these guys weren’t as chummy as we all would like think.

as for dwight, I wish he would get familiar with the scenario before he opened his mouth, especially to that bloody twisted tongue fool at i95 who barely has command on the English language, yet he’s a top sports journalist, only in trinidad.

Dwight you should’ve gave shaka a call and let him fill you in on the injustice that has just taken place, the one you so unwittingly endorsed. how could any one in football who was following this thing closely not see the gross injustice in this? I’ll go as far as to say that when the smoke is cleared on this one, there would be a lot of friends who will find themselves on the opposite side of the issue, the informed vs the random talkers and friends of the fat boss.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Sam on April 13, 2020, 06:43:23 PM
Yorke is a c00ont without hair.

Latas too.

Lara too.

Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: soccerman on April 14, 2020, 11:06:26 PM
I’ll go as far as to say that when the smoke is cleared on this one, there would be a lot of friends who will find themselves on the opposite side of the issue, the informed vs the random talkers and friends of the fat boss.

That's it right there. I've had a few conversations with fellow countrymen who's been involved in the sport for years and surprised to hear there take on this. I've been running out of energy trying to convince them otherwise.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Deeks on April 15, 2020, 09:31:59 AM
I’ll go as far as to say that when the smoke is cleared on this one, there would be a lot of friends who will find themselves on the opposite side of the issue, the informed vs the random talkers and friends of the fat boss.

That's it right there. I've had a few conversations with fellow countrymen who's been involved in the sport for years and surprised to hear there take on this. I've been running out of energy trying to convince them otherwise.

Don't waste your last bit of sanity on them.
Title: The TTFA vs FIFA fiasco
Post by: Tallman on April 15, 2020, 07:02:23 PM
The TTFA vs FIFA fiasco
T&T Guardian


The recent FIFA take-over of Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) is a stew of the history of Trinidad and Tobago's mismanagement of finances, FIFA politics and a lack of solidarity among CFU (Caribbean Football Union) members. However, with objective scrutiny, one can clearly discern that the dominant ingredient in this cook-up is blatant FIFA politics, and for this reason, I believe that Trinidad and Tobago could present a very strong and winnable case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) when the matter is called.

For those who say Trinidad and Tobago's challenge to the 'all-powerful' FIFA is futile, they adopt a defeatist attitude, which sends the wrong message to FIFA and eventually signals an abdication of the ability to control our destiny in the Caribbean; in fact, we will see the converse, whereby our destiny will be at the whim of the world body. The situation has far-reaching implications and must be viewed from a holistic Caribbean football perspective.

FIFA disbanded the four-month-old, democratically elected executive led by President William Wallace and replaced it with a Normalization Committee on March 27, after giving notice on March 17, charging that the new executive had no proper procedures in place for its claimed TT$50 million debt relief plan, a debt inherited by the Wallace group from the previous administration, led by the former president, David John-Williams.

FIFA, also was not in favour of an attempt by the William Wallace group to partner the UK-based firm, Lavender Consultants Ltd., in the development of a sports complex in Arima as part of the Executive's debt relief plan (The TTFA, instead of pursuing the Arima project, should have focused on getting the Home of Football up and running because it was a huge FIFA investment).

Also, the elected executive's failure to resolve what FIFA and CONCACAF viewed as a conflict of interest because of dual roles among members of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Referees Association (TTFRA) and its own Referees Committee was another issue of contention.

This referees' situation existed several years before the William Wallace Executive took office; it was addressed by CONCACAF officials under the David John-Williams administration and was given a deadline of December 31st, 2019, to be resolved by a revision to the TTFA constitution to comply with FIFA statutes.

A juxtaposition of the aforementioned FIFA charges against the William Wallace Executive, democratically elected on November 24, 2019, and the calamity created by the previous David John-Williams Executive reveals the making of a solid case for the Wallace Executive group.

Here goes: The David John-Williams Executive created, among its maladies, four years of alleged financial mismanagement of FIFA Funds, particularly in the development of the unfinished and inoperable Home of Football. The Home of Football project, supposedly the signature accomplishment of the John-Williams administration, led to a court order for transparency that revealed the shortcomings of the John-Williams Executive, which were documented and reported to FIFA but from all indication appeared to have been ignored.

According to former TTFA general secretary, Ramesh Ramdhan speaking to the media in a publication on March 21, “These shortcomings were repeatedly ignored by Mosengo-Omba (a FIFA official charged with overseeing the project) whose stock response was that this was an 'internal TTFA matter that FIFA would not intervene'….” Further, it was reported in the print media that the Home of Football did not meet the local Fire Department's requirements and deemed not for use.

Additionally, the illegal dismissal of several contracted coaches, including former technical director, Kendall Walkes, and others still owed monies resulted in court-ordered frozen accounts to secure millions of dollars in payments to Walkes (The situation compounded the problems for the new Wallace administration, as it set about executing the daily operations of the TTFA). Lastly, FIFA's appointment of the financial manager, Tyril Patrick - the only hold-over by William Wallace team from the previous administration - to head the Normalization Committee is further evidence of FIFA politics at play. Patrick subsequently refused the post.

Eventually, the David John-Williams four-year tenure resulted in poor performances by all Trinidad and Tobago national teams; there was a clear deterioration of the standard of football in the country; and subsequently, football in Trinidad and Tobago was left with an inoperable Home of Football and an AGM approved TT$32.4 million debt on Nov. 24th that later was alleged to be TT$50 million by William Wallace's administration.

FIFA charged the democratically-elected William Wallace Executive, based on the aforementioned, with violating of articles 8.2 of its Statutes, which states in part, “Executive bodies of member associations may under exceptional circumstances be removed from office…..”

However, an objective view of the situation indicates that the David John-Williams administration is the group guilty of creating “exceptional circumstances…” I believe CAS will rule in favour of the William Wallace group. The court result notwithstanding, what is very important here is the democratically-elected William Wallace Executive's refusal to capitulate to FIFA.

FIFA should have acted in good faith and should have instructed the Normalisation Committee to work with the democratically elected William Wallace administration to revive football in Trinidad and Tobago.

Patrick Horne is a New York-based sports administrator, football coach and author of Black Pioneers of the North American Soccer League (1968-84).
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: pull stones on April 16, 2020, 02:38:33 AM
I read an article recently that stated this case could take at least two years before its called in CAS or makes it on their docket, can anyone verify?
Title: TTFA proposal rejected by world body for football
Post by: Tallman on April 16, 2020, 07:41:33 AM
TTFA proposal rejected by world body for football
T&T Newsday


FOOTBALL’S world governing body FIFA is against the appointment of a single arbitrator to hear the dispute between it and the ousted executive of the TT Football Association (TTFA), according to a report on the Sportsmax website.

In its appeal last week to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to set aside FIFA’s decision to appoint a normalisation committee to oversee the daily operations of the TTFA, lawyers for the ousted TTFA executive had proposed that Mark Hovell, a solicitor from Manchester, England, be the sole arbitrator in their case against football’s world governing body FIFA.

Hovell is a highly experienced sports lawyer and insolvency practitioner who specialises in regulatory, governance, commercial and financial matters, across all sports, both in the UK and across the world.

Additionally, he sits regularly as an arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and The FA’s regulatory commissions. FIFA had until April 14, to submit their comments regarding the request – whether they agree to a sole arbitrator deciding matters and Hovell’s appointment.

Replying to Antonio De Quesada, the Head of Arbitration on Tuesday, FIFA made their position on the proposal quite clear. The letter said, in part: “We inform you that we do not agree with the Appellant’s proposal to appoint a sole arbitrator in the matter at hand. Indeed, the present dispute concerns an exceptional situation that has led FIFA to take important governance-related measures in one of its members in accordance with the FIFA Statutes.”

As such, FIFA said they favoured a three-member panel to hear the dispute.

It will now fall to the president of the CAS Appeals Arbitration Division (Corinne Schmidhauser) or her deputy to decide how many arbitrators will hear the dispute.

Meantime, the lawyers are expected to file their appeals brief by Friday this week.

The issue began to unfold on March 17 when FIFA General Secretary General Fatma Samoura sent a letter to TTFA General Secretary Ramesh Ramdhan, outlining their concerns about the financial status of the TTFA.

FIFA said its fact-finding mission found, among other concerns, that the “overall condition of financial management and financial governance extremely low or non-existent at the TTFA.

“There are currently no formal internal policies and internal controls in place, such as procurement, the delegation of financial authorities, financial planning and budgeting, effective oversight of funding and management reporting, which are necessary to meet the TTFA’s objectives.”

FIFA also said there is a lack of documented policies and procedures, financial planning and management of statutory liabilities adding that there no short or long-term plan to address the “urgent” situation.

Going further, FIFA expressed the concern that given the situation along with the US$5.5m debt, the TTFA “faces a very real risk of both insolvency and illiquidity if corrective measures are not applied urgently.”

As such, the normalisation committee has been mandated to run the daily affairs of the TTFA, establish a debt repayment plan that is implementable by the TTFA, as well as review and amend the TTFA statutes and ensure their compliance with FIFA statutes and requires before submitting them to the TTFA Congress for approval.

The committee will also organise and conduct elections of a new TTFA executive for a four-year term.

In response, the ousted executive led by William Wallace contended that the decision to appoint a normalisation committee was unconstitutional and has resorted to having CAS settle the dispute.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on April 16, 2020, 08:08:06 AM
Not at all surprising.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: maxg on April 16, 2020, 11:27:37 AM
Not at all surprising.
How is US 5.5 Million now?  It decreasing ? A print mistake or wrong rate ?
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on April 16, 2020, 04:13:36 PM
Not at all surprising.
How is US 5.5 Million now?  It decreasing ? A print mistake or wrong rate ?

Don't know how to reconcile that as a serious figure. 

I was honing in on the response to a single arbitrator versus empanelling three arbitrators.
Title: Edwards calls for football parties to work together
Post by: Tallman on April 17, 2020, 09:29:13 AM
Edwards calls for football parties to work together
T&T Guardian


Former national player Carlos Edwards sees the only way forward for T&T football is by working together.

“The people who are associated now, have good intentions to try and help the federation, help in football improve but I don’t think they are doing a real investigation into what is needed to be successful and it is sad to see how the federation has just been withering away to what it is right now. At one point, T&T was the team in Caribbean football. Now, we may not be able to consider ourselves of being in the FIFA rankings because what has taken place,” said the former national footballer.

Edwards, who is based in the United Kingdom made the statements while speaking with host Andre Errol Baptiste on Isports on i95.5fm on Tuesday night.

"I don’t keep many tabs but the tabs that I keep, based on what I read in the newspaper or on the social media about what is taking place with the Association right now is sad, really sad. I could have sensed something like that would have happened after the World Cup. We took a big step forward for the 2006 World Cup and then we took a huge leap backwards. I don’t think things have progressed,” explained Edwards, who resides in the United Kingdom and once plies his skills at the highest level in English football while sporting the red, white and black national colours for T&T in its only appearance at the Football World Cup, Germany in 2006.

A definitive high point in T&T football, which in recent times has seen FIFA, the world governing body for football, stepped-in to run the affairs of T&T Football Association (TTFA) by appointing a normalization committee on March 17, thereby dissolving the William Wallace-led administration.

“Mr Wallace took the chance, winning the election but unfortunately things did not happen. I do wish the situation is rectified as soon as possible and they could be back in the office and try to straighten out whatever needs to be straightened out,” said Edwards, who was very sympathetic towards Wallace's executive which was in-charge for just over three months.

He said, "FIFA did the right thing in appointing those persons to the federation, to take charge of things. If the likes of (Keith) Look Loy and Wallace and they work with the people that are in charge right now we will have a better Football Association. I am sure they can rectify stuff. Because at this stage, when you look at things, I think people wanted the job and wanted to be TTFA president for their benefit and that shouldn’t be. At the end of the day, you are a president, you are a chairman, a chairperson whatever it is, to do a job and you have to start doing the job not just for yourself but for the people and the fans, first and foremost, because, without the fans, there is nothing."

At present, the former St Anthony's College standout, who is also a coach at Ipswich Town Football Academy and a player with a local team, Woodbridge Town football club, pointed that, “Playing for the club (Ipswich) for five years, you are fond of the club, you're well-known, you living in the city, things been going good, it was an easy decision to make after retiring from professional football to try and fit in, as a former player at the club it was easy to get into the door and try to get into the coaching,” said Edwards.
Title: Williams team faces CAS deadline vs FIFA today
Post by: Tallman on April 17, 2020, 09:44:11 AM
Williams team faces CAS deadline vs FIFA today
By Keith Clement (T&T Guardian)


The four dismissed elected officers of the T&T Football Association (TTFA) now face a major financial challenge after FIFA, the world governing body for the sport rejected their claim to have a sole arbitrator sit in judgement of their challenge of being removed from office by FIFA.

The former TTFA president William Wallace and his three vice president Clynt Taylor, Joseph 'Sam' Phillip and Susan Joseph-Warrick, requests a sole arbitrator that, depending on the case, would reduce fees to $10,000 and expedite the process. Currently, the appellants have paid the first CHF 1,000 to file the appeal, but FIFA responded by Tuesday's deadline and requested that it wanted three arbitrators to adjudicate on the matters raised.

Replying to Antonio De Quesada, the Head of Arbitration at CAS on Tuesday, FIFA made their position on the proposal quite clear. The letter said, in part:

“We inform you that we do not agree with the Appellant’s proposal to appoint a sole arbitrator in the matter at hand. Indeed, the present dispute concerns an exceptional situation that has led FIFA to take important governance-related measures in one of its members in accordance with the FIFA Statutes.”

As such, FIFA said they favoured a three-member panel to hear the dispute.

It will now fall to the President of the CAS Appeals Arbitration Division or her deputy to decide how many arbitrators will hear the dispute after both parties have filed their briefs.

However, until that decision is made, the former TTFA officers through their attorneys Dr Emir Crowne and Matthew GW Gayle, have until Friday to move to the next phase of the process which is to file an appellate brief, a more comprehensive and detailed document containing all the legal arguments as to why the United TTFA officers should win the case.

Gayle told Guardian Media Sports on Thursday that: "We are focus on putting together a cogent and compelling appeal brief until that deadline is met."

The brief is expected to contain details of the case, outlining who are the witnesses, experts and other informative details. The matter is registered as CAS2020/A/6915.

FIFA will then need to reply by Monday (April 20) by producing its arguments in full details after which CAS will examine both sides briefs before determining a time for the matter to commence at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

CAS appeals cost about $20,000 with the appellant’s legal costs generally doubling that amount.

In a video statement on April 1, on their crowdsourcing ‘gofundme’ page, Wallace maintains that he is still in charge of the TTFA, saying: “To be clear I remain president of TTFA based on our constitution… I can only be removed by the operation of the TTFA’s constitution, not by FIFA.”

However, Wallace and his team have raised part of the money fund via the fundraising page showed no movement from April 1 total contribution was at $3,155 and up to press time on Thursday (April 16) it stood at $3,205 with the latest donation of $50 made on April 11. The target by Wallace's team is TT$300,000 to $500,000 or the estimated US$25,000 for the CAS appeal.

One of those that have donated is Keith Look Loy, the TTFA’s former technical committee chair under the Wallace administration, who paid in $200. Look Loy is the president of the Trinidad and Tobago Super League, who has said that the league’s clubs have agreed on a donation of $2,000.

A supporter Elvin Edwards has made the single biggest contribution of US$1,000 with Wallace contributing the second-largest amount of US$500.

On March 17, FIFA wrote to the TTFA advising them that they were appointing a normalisation committee to take over the running of the heavily indebted association. However, despite protests from the executive because such a move would be in breach of the TTFA constitution, FIFA proceeded to name members of the committee on March 26.

In FIFA's General Secretary General Fatma Samoura letter to TTFA General Secretary Ramesh Ramdhan, pointed to article 8 paragraph 2 of the Fifa Statutes’ as it outlined FIFA's concerns about the financial status of the TTFA. FIFA said its fact-finding mission (February 25-27) found, among other concerns, that the “overall condition of financial management and financial governance extremely low or non-existent at the TTFA.

“There are currently no formal internal policies and internal controls in place, such as procurement, the delegation of financial authorities, financial planning and budgeting, effective oversight of funding and management reporting, which are necessary to meet the TTFA’s objectives.”

FIFA also said there is a lack of documented policies and procedures, financial planning and management of statutory liabilities adding that there's no short or long-term plan to address the “urgent” situation.

FIFA also pointed out that current debt is USD$5.5m (TT$37.4 million), the TTFA “faces a very real risk of both insolvency and illiquidity if corrective measures are not applied urgently.”

As such, the normalisation committee has been mandated to run the daily affairs of the TTFA, establish a debt repayment plan that is implementable by the TTFA, as well as review and amend the TTFA statutes and ensure their compliance with FIFA statutes and requires before submitting them to the TTFA Congress for approval. The committee will also organize and conduct elections of a new TTFA executive for a four-year term.

The Normalization Committee was appointed on March 27, with businessman Robert Hadad, attorney Judy Daniel and retired banker Nigel Romano with two other members to be named.

Wallace and his three vice presidents were elected on November 24, 2019, to a four-year term of office.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: FF on April 17, 2020, 10:18:57 AM
Andre Baptiste is a real snake boy.

Where all these players was these last five years.

I feel I with maxg yes. Good luck and Godspeed.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: socalion on April 17, 2020, 01:47:28 PM
Andre Baptiste is a real snake boy.

Where all these players was these last five years.

I feel I with maxg yes. Good luck and Godspeed.
let me tell yuh where all these players was for de past several years , dem said players who now coming out de woodwork in support of an arrogant Fifa , dey ( dem same players)  mentioned was laying in de grass like vicious Cobras  waiting to strike ,  that's de answer   Right dey .......it's called snakes ! 
Title: Resistance to Fifa is futile: fall in line or prepare to be Normalised
Post by: Tallman on April 17, 2020, 06:50:50 PM
Resistance to Fifa is futile: fall in line or prepare to be Normalised
By Barney Ronay (The Guardian)


Nobody wants a visit from the Normalisation Committee. This was the fate of the Samoan FA in June 2008 after concerns were raised about the state of its finances. At which point Fifa fired up the corvette and sent in its platoon of tuxedoed Mr Fix-its.

Let’s be clear. Nobody wants a visit from this Normalisation Committee. The team of high moral priests sent to the Samoan FA’s door that day were handpicked by a specially convened Fifa emergency committee, a delegation that read, in no particular order: Sepp Blatter, Jack Warner, Issa Hayatou, Michel Platini, Reynald Temarii, Mohammad bin Hammam and Nicolás Leoz.

Or to give them their full Seven Dwarves-style nicknames: Six Year Ban Guy, Criminal Charges Guy, TV Rights Fine Guy, Dishonest Payment Guy, Eight Year Ban Guy, Life Ban Guy and of course everyone’s favourite crime-fighting administrator, Interpol Red Notice Guy. Here they come, the lads: a perfumed kerchief held to their noses, here to de-corrupt your football association.

Twelve years on the Samoa emergency committee is arguably one of the best jokes modern football has ever come up with. Just how abnormal do you have to be to require this degree of normalising? But then these were the golden years of footballing chicanery, when the yak-hide handbags flowed like wine and when Fifa could basically do as it wished.

The anomaly was that Samoa fought back. In a rare show of resistance the Samoan FA appealed to the court of arbitration for sport. It didn’t work. The appeal was rejected and the good times continued to roll at Fifa house, reaching a peak with the bribe-shadowed World Cup bid decisions that would prove an act of hubris even for that thoroughly debauched regime.

And so to the present day. Replace one bald, unctuous Swiss with a slightly younger bald, unctuous Swiss and something similar is happening in the Caribbean, a test case for where we may be heading in the struggle for the heart, soul and wallet of world football.

The Trinidad & Tobago FA experienced its own visit from the Fifa Normalisers in March after another shemozzle over debt. Like Samoa the TTFA has fought back. Another appeal has been lodged at Cas, this time via crowdfunded legal action.

Fifa’s move does seem bizarrely aggressive. The deposed TTFA committee had been in place for only four months, having seen off Gianni Infantino’s favoured candidate David John-Williams in a local vote.

The TTFA board member Keith Look Loy has accused Fifa of acting like “a colonial absentee landlord”. The former Newcastle, West Ham and Portsmouth goalkeeper Shaka Hislop has called the intervention “a coup”. In an excellent twist the leader of the ousted rebel FA is even called William Wallace. They can take our lives but they’ll never take … our freebies.

Much has been made by the ancien régime of Look Loy and co’s historic association with the disgraced Jack Warner, once of the Samoan Normalisation Committee and now avoiding the US justice system.

Asked about rumours he might have lobbied for the Wallace campaign – something Wallace fiercely denies – Warner told the broadcaster Andre Errol Baptiste of Port of Spain-based i95.5fm: “Even if that was the case, and by the way that is not the case, and it means that is the beginning of the way to lift football in the country, so be it. What’s wrong with that?” Which pretty much clears that one up.

What is actually happening here? This might feel like a dispute at the edge of things, with plenty that is undesirable on both sides, but Fifa’s actions seem extraordinarily high-handed and patrician, even by its own standards, evidence of the increasing hawkishness of the Infantino regime. As the Norwegian Josimar website has pointed out the man in charge of all this normalisation is even one of Infantino’s best friends, his old university chum Véron Mosengo-Omba.

This matters right now. There is a great deal up for grabs a month into the total collapse of club football’s broadcast rights power base. This perhaps explains why Fifa’s public statements during the Covid-19 crisis have been almost alarmingly relaxed. Fifa may suspend all international football. Fifa may, we hear, dig into its £2bn cash fund to bail out clubs and leagues.

“Never let a serious crisis go to waste” is an overused line in the current uncertainty but you can bet Infantino has it inked on the back of his hand. Make no mistake Fifa has a great deal to gain at a time when every entity that has tried to resist its power, from Premier League to Uefa to the poor old TTFA, is significantly weakened.

The collapse of the Blatter-Warner-Platini era hit Fifa hard but not that hard. Money continued to flow but what Fifa really wants is power, most noticeably in its shadow-struggle with club football, where Infantino is convinced it is Fifa’s destiny to take a stronger role.

This seemed to be coming to a head late last year as Florentino Pérez presented a breakaway plan led by the richest clubs to cut out domestic leagues, with Fifa seemingly in close, approving pursuit.

Exciting new plans come and go. This one seemed as likely as so many others but Covid-19 has shifted the picture even further. Every league, every club is facing a financial nosedive, their power tied inexorably to those freeze-framed TV deals. “Football can – and I believe will – play a big part in helping our world recover,” Infantino mused last week, no doubt pondering the majesty of his organisation’s bank balance and with the next major Fifa payday safely tucked away in late 2022.

Nobody really knows what the world will look like once normalisation returns to all of us but some certainties do remain. Resistance, as the case of the TTFA demonstrates, is still futile and right now Fifa is in a position to bend that future to its will.
Title: First Citizens Bank threatened with legal action over control of TTFA accounts
Post by: Tallman on April 17, 2020, 07:30:28 PM
First Citizens Bank threatened with legal action over control of TTFA accounts
By Leighton Levy (digicelsportsmax.com)


Lawyers representing William Wallace and his executive have threatened legal action against First Citizens Bank in Port of Spain should they find that the bank has changed signatories to the accounts of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) without the required authorisation.

Wallace and the members of his executive were elected to lead the TTFA during elections held in Trinidad and Tobago in November 2019. However, less than four months later, FIFA, through a letter dated March 17, 2020, indicated that they were appointing a normalisation committee to oversee the daily running of the heavily indebted association.

Despite protests from the Wallace-led executive that such a move was unconstitutional, FIFA went ahead and appointed a committee later that month.

To exacerbate the matter, members of the executive received information recently that the normalization committee had gained control of the TTFA’s accounts, which prompted Friday’s action from the lawyers.

“Since the elections held in November 2019, following which Mr William Wallace was duly elected President of the TTFA and subsequent thereto added as a signatory to the accounts, there has been no further change,” the letter dated April 17, 2020, said in part.

“Any attempts to change the signatories on the account which may have already been made in March or April 2020 or attempts which may be made hereafter without the express approval of Mr William Wallace and/or the duly elected executives is unauthorized.”

The letter continued: “My client would like to believe that in the modern banking context which is set against a backdrop of robust due diligence, no mere letter from a body with no legal standing in Trinidad and Tobago, could usurp the due authority of the TTFA Board of Directors and/or induce the bank to breach its contract with the TTFA.

“Should it come to light that the bank has provided any confidential information to, or acted to make any changes in respect to the TTFA accounts…my clients shall without delay approach the High Court or urgent assistance in preventing or stopping any breach or unlawful interference.”

Earlier this week, Wallace wrote to the Minister of National Security of Trinidad and Tobago expressing concern over discussions the normalisation committee was having with the government about the use of the ‘Home of Football’ to house citizens infected by the Coronavirus COVID-19.

Wallace insisted that he should have been a party to those conversations and not the normalization committee.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: pull stones on April 18, 2020, 03:21:46 AM
Andre Baptiste is a real snake boy.

Where all these players was these last five years.

I feel I with maxg yes. Good luck and Godspeed.
he would never interview shaka or kelvin jack because he knows too well those guys would tell it
like it is, so he cherry picks his subjects so he could get the desired results. just goes to show how sick some of these trini journalist are. I’ve never seen a country where people who were supposed to be objective and neutral take so many positions and have so many hidden agendas.

I don’t know why most of you are shocked by this guy, he has always struck me as a clown with a big mouth, in fact he kinda reminds me of king clown himself anil roberts.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: pull stones on April 18, 2020, 04:56:46 AM
Andre Baptiste is a real snake boy.

Where all these players was these last five years.

I feel I with maxg yes. Good luck and Godspeed.
let me tell yuh where all these players was for de past several years , dem said players who now coming out de woodwork in support of an arrogant Fifa , dey ( dem same players)  mentioned was laying in de grass like vicious Cobras  waiting to strike ,  that's de answer   Right dey .......it's called snakes !
as a trinidadian i would like to ask you a poignant question, so please permit me if you will. for the last forty years don’t you think we could have done so much better than we’re doing at this juncture of our existence?

We are the inventors of the last musical instrument yet our government and by extension our private sector has done very little to capitalize on this instrument. we have some of the best sportsmen’s in the caribbean and had the capital to make this country the sports Mecca of the caribbean, and until patrick manning we didn’t have anyone to really invest in the advancement of sports on the island.

the wealthy and the private sector spend little to none on sports, nor social programs, it’s amazing to know we have so many talented people yet in many communities especially around north western trinidad apart from the queens park savannah and mandela park there are no public grounds for kids to play sports.

and finally we have a nation with loads of money yet there are so much poor people all over the place, and criminals running wild yet law enforcement is unable to contain this simple matter, and only because the police is involved in nefarious activity thus we can’t get a hold on crime, not to mention our politicians, they tussle and tug at each other instead of coming together to fix the country. I guess I’m saying all this to say that our people has always been the problem when it comes to the failure that country.

They don’t care much for that country and in fact they do their best to sabotage it for their own personal gain. we are blessed with talented motivated young people, but they are continually poisoned by our lack of care and concern for nation building and often fall by the way side in their teens. to sum it up, those people don’t give ah hoot about that country, and when anyone else care to help us they turn on them.

Raymond timkee, Randy walrum, David nakid, Patrick manning, Eric williams, commissioner gibbs, everald Cummings, bertile st Claire, Keith look loy, Steven hart, phill simmons, terry fenwick and now William Wallace who are just a few of the people who cared enough to sacrifice for this nation and was disregarded by these looney jealous  bad minded people call trinidadians. feel free too add to the list.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: pull stones on April 18, 2020, 06:05:45 AM
I’m not gonna lie, I can’t believe what little support this new federation president has gotten from our most influential citizens from sports figures to business people and politicians. I will have to say that this is the most disgraceful response I’ve ever seen in the way of an obvious injustice predicated on one of our national institution, yet no one seems to be bothered any.

i can’t believe one lowly fat f**k could be so selfish and dictatorial to sic fifa on this federation president simply because he was ousted in free and fair elections. this nasty wanker actually think he owns trinidad football and believes he has a right to rule our football permanently like jack warner, and holds the notion that if he can’t have the position of president of the FA then no one can. how could our people be so lackadaisical and unconcerned to allow one man so much power to harm the main sport in our country? this is just inconceivable.

had this been mexico or the United states it would have caused an uproar heard on the other side of the globe that fifa would have no choice but to reconsider. our citizens crave World Cup appearances but have no real passion for the sports, not even to rise up from their couches to lend a dollar to this cause.

as for wallace, I’m a bit disappointed with his reaction. the man have no supportive cast but he wants to run a federation. to think they can’t even approach the private sector or the govt for help and has only managed to raise just a few thousands for legal fees is beyond pitiful, never mind unacceptable, and needs a more dignified professional approach to this dilemma .

at least the fat boss had more drive in his selfish endeavors to the point where he could mobilize big financial players like junior Sammy and the government themselves invest in his ideas and support his cause. wallace has to get off his ass and do much better or forget it. BTW where’s tony harford in all this?
Title: Gayle still hopeful of fair hearing
Post by: Tallman on April 18, 2020, 07:41:09 AM
Gayle still hopeful of fair hearing
By Joel Bailey (T&T Newsday)


MATTHEW Gayle, one of a pair of lawyers for the ousted TT Football Association (TTFA) executive led by William Wallace, is still hopeful of a fair hearing by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

The ousted TTFA executive has appealed to CAS over the March 17 decision by football’s governing body FIFA to appoint a normalisation committee to oversee the daily operations of the TTFA.

The ousted TTFA executive’s legal team of Gayle and Dr Emir Crowne proposed that English solicitor Mark Hovell be the sole arbitrator in their legal battle against FIFA. They have stressed that FIFA acted in an unconstitutional manner, when appointing the normalisation committee.

But, on Tuesday, FIFA said they are in favour of a three-member panel to hear the dispute.

Gayle said on Thursday, “FIFA has objected and said they want three arbitrators. CAS knows that we want one arbitrator. What will now happen is (CAS) will make a decision, as to whether or not it should be one arbitrator or three, and they will let us know what the decision is.

“It’s that simple. We have to abide by the rulings that they gave in that respect.

Gayle noted, “We have confidence that we’re going to get a fair and balanced hearing from CAS.”

FIFA decided to scrap the previous executive led by Wallace and appoint a normalisation committee, led by Robert Hadad, due to concerns over the financial status of the TTFA.

“We’re of the view that it’s a relatively simple and straightforward point, for determination by an arbitrator,” Gayle said. “It’s not the sort of question that requires three arbitrators to sit and deliberate an item. It should be pretty straightforward.

“It’s not to say it should affect our ability to get a fair hearing, with three arbitrators,” added Gayle. “If we get three good arbitrators, then we’ll have a fair hearing.
Title: FIFA confirms Hadad as TTFA’s ‘legitimate leader’
Post by: Tallman on April 18, 2020, 08:10:53 AM
FIFA confirms Hadad as TTFA’s ‘legitimate leader’
By Jonathan Ramnanansingh (T&T Newsday)


MERE HOURS after T&T Football Association (TTFA) legal representative, Matthew Gayle, issued a pre-action protocol letter to First Citizens’ general manager, Kinols Forde, declaring former president William Wallace and his executive members remain sole signatories of the fraternity’s bank accounts, a statement issued by FIFA’s secretary general, Fatma Samoura on Friday evening, debunked these claims.

According to Samoura, since the appointment of a normalisation committee by FIFA on March 17 after the world’s governing body found that extremely low overall financial management methods, combined with a massive debt, resulted in the TTFA facing a very real risk of insolvency and illiquidity, Robert Hadad, chairman of the committee, is “the only legitimate leadership of the TTFA, recognised by the FIFA and Concacaf.”

FIFA’s response on Friday came after receipt of a letter issued by Wallace one day prior, to Minister of National Security, Stuart Young, alleging that he (Wallace) and other former executive members – Clynt Taylor, Susan Joseph Warrick and Joseph Sam Phillip – continue to be members of the TTFA executive committee, even after a decision by FIFA disbanded the board on March 17.

The sport’s governing body issued a swift reply sternly denying Wallace’s claims that the normalisation committee had no legal or other standing in T&T.

Samoura’s letter to Hadad further stated, “On March 17 2020, the Bureau of the FIFA Council decided, in accordance to article 8 paragraph 2 of the FIFA Statutes, to appoint a normalisation committee at the TTFA. In this respect, we want to highlight that the only legitimate leadership of the TTFA…is the one led by Mr. Robert Hadad.”

“Having said this, any type of discussion regarding the use of the Home of Football or any other football-related topic should be handled with Hadad.”

Gayle’s letter to Forde, dated April 17, asserts that “person or persons may have attempted and/or be in the process of attempting to change the named signatories on the accounts held by the TTFA and First Citizens Bank.”

It also stated Wallace’s position as a signatory remains as is and, “person/s who purport to be acting in response to a directive from outside of TT purportedly given in or around March 2020 have no standing whatsoever in respect of the TTFA.”

Gayle’s letter also stated that no unauthorised body (referring to normalisation committee), “with no legal standing in TT could usurp the due authority of the TTFA’s board of directors and/or induce the bank the breach its contract with the TTFA.”

If, according to Gayle, the bank did in fact provide any confidential information to, or acted to make any changes in respect to TTFA’s accounts, the football fraternity’s legal team, which also consists of Dr. Emir Crowne, will, “without delay approach the High Court for urgent assistance in preventing and/or stopping any breach and/or unlawful interference.”

Additionally, TTFA’s attorney assured that his letter to the bank was sent in compliance with the relevant pre-action protocols as prescribed by the Chief Justice pursuant to Part 4 of the Civil Proceedings Rules 1998.

It concluded, “No further notice or warning shall be issued. I would be grateful if you would be kind enough to confirm the bank’s position by no later than 12 (noon) on Monday 20 April 2020.”

In response to the issues highlighted by Gayle to the bank and FIFA’s authorisation letter on Friday, Hadad questioned the tactics by the former executive but admitted that everyone has a right to voice their concerns in a professional manner.

Since their removal from the helm of local football, the sacked quartet filed an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) saying the move was fueled by unclear moves and done without legal authority.

Hadad explained, “FIFA’s letter is in response to them, the former executive, still sending out letters with the TTFA letterhead. At the end of the day, they’re not authorised and legally, FIFA has us (normalisation committee) there. I’m the man in charge and the bank would have to make a decision from its legal department.”

The newly-appointed football chief believes TT football is suffering and needs to be fixed. He also confirmed that he did in fact make contact with the bank to attain feedback on TTFA’s accounts.

“I sent a request to First Citizens to get a legal opinion from them. So I’m waiting on (First Citizens) to decide how we go from here and the legal procedure to have the changes made. (The former executive) have their hearing with CAS, so let CAS be the judge of that. In the meantime, people have salaries and bills to be paid and football to run,” Hadad continued.

“I would like to just get down to the business of football. If CAS wants to rule in their favour, alright, we’ll deal with that then. As it stands now, the letter from FIFA says everything.

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Fifa: Hadad is ‘legitimate’ TTFA boss; Look Loy: Law is on our side and CAS will settle it.
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868).


World governing football body, Fifa, has dismissed William Wallace’s claim that he is still Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president and reiterated its stance that businessman Robert Hadad, the head of a Fifa-appointed normalisation committee, is its man of business in the twin island republic.

Fifa’s missive, which was emailed by secretary general Fatma Samoura to Hadad and copied to Concacaf and the Ministry of National Security, was in response to Wallace’s letter yesterday.

Wallace, who was elected football president on 24 November 2019, expressed ‘concern’ that the government negotiated with Hadad rather than him for use of the TTFA’s Home of Football facility in Couva, to house Covid-19 patients.

Although Fifa declared that Wallace’s reign was over on 17 March—just four months into his four year term—due to the local body’s unwieldy debt, the TTFA constitution does not permit anyone but its own members to remove a sitting president.

The TTFA was formed by an act of Parliament in 1982 while its constitution was ratified by Fifa in July 2015.
At present, the TTFA and Fifa are due to take their dispute to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland. Fifa is based in Zurich, Switzerland.

However, Fifa made it clear that it does not recognise Wallace’s claim to the country’s top football post.

“It has come to our attention that a letter dated 16 April 2020 from Mr William Wallace was addressed to the Trinidad and Tobago Minister of National Security Mr Stewart (sic) Young,” stated Samoura. “The letter seems to allege that Mr William Wallace, Mr Clynt Taylor, Mrs Susan Joseph Warrick (sic) and Mr Joseph Sam Phillip continue to be members of the executive committee of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) and that the normalisation committee led by Mr Robert Hadad has no legal or other standing in Trinidad and Tobago.

“In this context, we draw your attention to the fact that, on 17 March 2020, the Bureau of the Fifa Council decided, in accordance with article 8 paragraph 2 of the Fifa statutes to appoint a normalisation committee at the TTFA.”

Article 8.2 for the Fifa statutes states: ‘Executive bodies of member associations may under exceptional circumstances be removed from office by the Council in consultation with the relevant confederation and replaced by a normalisation committee for a specific period of time’.

And, despite the will of the local football electorate, Fifa has opted to entrust the responsibility of the TTFA to Hadad, a 53-year-old businessman and co-CEO of family-owned company, Hadco. Hadad is also a member of the Queen’s Park Cricket Club (QPCC) and a board member of the International School in Port of Spain.

The remaining normalisation committee members named so far are Judy Daniel and Nigel L Romano.

The mandate of the committee is: to run the TTFA’s daily affairs; to establish a debt repayment plan that is implementable by the TTFA; to review and amend the TTFA Statutes (and other regulations where necessary) and to ensure their compliance with the FIFA Statutes and requirements before duly submitting them for approval to the TTFA Congress; to organise and to conduct elections of a new TTFA Executive Committee for a four-year mandate.

“We want to highlight that the only legitimate leadership of the TTFA, recognised by Fifa and Concacaf, is the one led by Mr Robert Hadad,” stated the Fifa secretary general. “Having said this, any type of discussion regarding the use of Home of Football or any other football-related topic should be handled with Mr Robert Hadad.”

Wired868 could not reach Wallace for comment. However, TTFA board member and technical committee chairman Keith Look Loy said he was not surprised by Fifa’s stance.

“That is expected [because] this is the position of the two parties to this case,” said Look Loy. “Wallace is saying according to the law and constitution of the TTFA, Fifa cannot remove it—nobody but the membership can remove that administration. The letter that [Wallace and his vice-presidents] sent [to the National Security Ministry] reflects that.

“The letter sent by Fifa reflects their fiction that they could remove whomever they want and put in who they want in place, never mind the laws of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association; and CAS will settle it.”

Look Loy stressed that Wallace’s stance is a legal one, based on the constitution of the TTFA, which was approved by Fifa.

“Might I add again that the TTFA constitution was approved by Fifa,” said Look Loy, “and the only way you can become an officer of the TTFA is by vote of the general council; and that is the only way you can be removed.”

Hadad declined the opportunity to weigh in on the impasse.

“The [Fifa] letter speaks for itself,” he said.

Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on April 18, 2020, 12:16:55 PM
FIFA confirms Hadad as TTFA’s ‘legitimate leader’
By Jonathan Ramnanansingh (T&T Newsday)


MERE HOURS after T&T Football Association (TTFA) legal representative, Matthew Gayle, issued a pre-action protocol letter to First Citizens’ general manager, Kinols Forde, declaring former president William Wallace and his executive members remain sole signatories of the fraternity’s bank accounts, a statement issued by FIFA’s secretary general, Fatma Samoura on Friday evening, debunked these claims.

According to Samoura, since the appointment of a ...

The FIFA letter didn't "debunk" as Ramnanansingh asserts.  It merely stated FIFA's alternative narrative and that that narrative be followed. I get that FIFA's letterhead gets deference, but the TTFA position - though unpalatable to some - should also receive balanced descriptive treatment by media outlets.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Controversial on April 19, 2020, 03:54:42 AM
FIFA confirms Hadad as TTFA’s ‘legitimate leader’
By Jonathan Ramnanansingh (T&T Newsday)


MERE HOURS after T&T Football Association (TTFA) legal representative, Matthew Gayle, issued a pre-action protocol letter to First Citizens’ general manager, Kinols Forde, declaring former president William Wallace and his executive members remain sole signatories of the fraternity’s bank accounts, a statement issued by FIFA’s secretary general, Fatma Samoura on Friday evening, debunked these claims.

According to Samoura, since the appointment of a ...

The FIFA letter didn't "debunk" as Ramnanansingh asserts.  It merely stated FIFA's alternative narrative and that that narrative be followed. I get that FIFA's letterhead gets deference, but the TTFA position - though unpalatable to some - should also receive balanced descriptive treatment by media outlets.

But it won’t my friend

We both know, the media outlets are an extension of the govt of TT and private sector, there is no neutrality, no objectivity, they play both sides when it’s time for the other party’s turn to sit in the drivers seat..

Once fifa sent them to the gallows, the govt followed
Title: FIFA is boss...Sport Minister to meet with Robert Hadad soon
Post by: Tallman on April 19, 2020, 09:25:42 AM
FIFA is boss...Sport Minister to meet with Robert Hadad soon
By Ian Prescott (T&T Express)


Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs (MSYA) Shamfa Cudjoe is expected to meet with FIFA Normalisation Committee chairman Robert Hadad for the first time sometime next week.

FIFA apart, the T&T Government, through MSYA and the Sport Company of Trinidad and Tobago, is the major provider of funds to the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA).

Cudjoe admitted FIFA had brief the Government of its impending action, prior to dissolving the debt-ridden TTFA on March 17 and subsequently imposing a Normalisation Committee — headed by local businessman Robert Hadad — to manage local football.

“I am yet to meet with the new head of the body, which FIFA has put in charge, but I expect to do so in the next week or so,” informed Cudjoe, who has also indicated to availing herself to a meeting with William Wallace, president of the usurped former TTFA executive.

US$7m debt inherited

Wallace’s regime, which was elected to run the TTFA only five months ago, inherited a US$7m debt; several current and impending litigation matters; and has had its accounts frozen by a creditor prior to when FIFA intervened, citing the possibility of impending insolvency. Wallace has declared that he is still in charge, even as the ousted TTFA executive contest FIFA’S expulsion, via an appeal before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). However, Cudjoe indicated that MSYA would deal with Hadad’s Normalisation Committee rather than Wallace’s former TTFA executive.

“We have to operate on the basis of what is before us,” Cudjoe explained. “Each national body has an international parent body and in the case of football, it is FIFA.

“FIFA has come in and done what it has done. We will monitor what is taking place,” Cudjoe continued. “We have been updated by FIFA and we are keeping abreast of developments.“

The Minister has on several occasions reiterated that football is a very powerful tool for youth development in communities and provides many avenues for personal and professional growth.

Last year, Cudjoe issued a cheque for $3.6 million for funding of eight of 11 clubs that participated in the 2019 Trinidad and Tobago Pro League. Arising from a Cabinet decision to fund the TT Pro League for a period of three years, a number of clubs, namely Central FC, North East Stars FC, Calendonia AIA FC, W Connection FC, Pt Fortin FC, Club Sando FC, Terminex Rangers and San Juan Jabloteh FC.

Cudjoe also does not expect FIFA intervention to last indefinitely and thinks that football needs to be in a better place than it is now. She has urged stakeholders to focus on creating opportunities for the nation’s youth.

“We have all been concerned with the situation in football for some time,” the Sport Minister stated. “I hope that all stakeholders will work together because at the end of the day its about football and restoring Trinidad and Tobago football to its former glory.”
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on April 19, 2020, 11:14:22 AM
Here's an interesting perspective from Barney Ronay writing in The Guardian (UK): Resistance to FIFA is futile: fall in line or prepare to be Normalised (https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/apr/17/resistance-fifa-futile-prepare-to-be-normalised-football-broadcast-rights). It references the TTFA matter before CAS.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: socalion on April 19, 2020, 01:37:50 PM
What am I missing here ? I don't suppose I'll get an answer that , so let me move on to the next by asking  Is anyone surprised by the urgency by the sports minister to meet with Fifa's normalisation appointee Robert Hadad ? I have come to the conclusion I am not at all surprised nor trust any present politician as it stand at the moment ! Here we have the sport minister ready and willingly  sprinting towards a meeting with Robert Hadad what am I missing here ? Didn't mr William Wallace requested an audience/ meeting with the sport minister ? Was it even entertained with the same urgency ! What am I missing here ? Ok I am not missing anything I suppose,  for all along as stated not by me , but the very sports minister Shamfa cudjoe by her admittance that Fifa briefed the government of their ( Fifa) impending action towards TTFA which in fact did come about ( the replacement ) of  the duly elected William Wallace administration ! All I have to say is there goes the very deceit / arrogance/ conneivance I talk about ! Simply put expect more of the same nonsense to repeat itself as long as there are individuals as such as Shamfa cudjoe . Shamfa cudjoe what else did Fifa keep  you and your government abreast of ?  I would not hold my breath for a response !!!  What am I missing !
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: FF on April 19, 2020, 06:14:19 PM
And no football playing right now whatsoever. Not even a lime kicking. When before we had women's qualifying urgently and men's on the horizon.

Look how these people just abdicating their sovereign duty before you could even say yes massa. Shame on Shamfa.

I done in truth yes.
Title: St. Clair urges Wallace to rethink position in FIFA/TTFA impasse
Post by: Tallman on April 19, 2020, 07:12:07 PM
St. Clair urges Wallace to rethink position in FIFA/TTFA impasse
By Ian Prescott (T&T Express)


RECENTLY INDUCTED 2020 First Citizens Sports Foundation Hall of Famer Bertille St Clair is concerned about the ramifications if sidelined Trinidad and Tobago Football Association president Williams Wallace persists with a battle against FIFA, the governing body for world football.

Lawyers representing the Wallace-led TTFA executive launched an appeal before the International Court of the Arbitration for Sport (ICAS) on April 6, after the Fédération Internationale De Football Association (FIFA), replaced them and on March 17 imposed a Normalisation Committee led by local businessman Robert Hadad, to run Trinidad and Tobago’s football.

“I just hope they don’t make us get banned by FIFA,” said St Clair, the most successful local coach in T&T history. “A ban will be devastating for the young footballers and that is what football is about, not administrators.”

St Clair was the first football coach from the English-speaking Caribbean to qualify a team for a FIFA World Cup. In 1991, he led a team, which included Dwight Yorke, Jerren Nixon, Angus Eve, Clayton Ince, Shaka Hislop, Anthony Sherwood and Kerwin “Pappa” Emmanuel to participate at the World Youth Championship.

He was also the first coach to take a T&T senior team to a semi-final appearance at the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2000. The Tobago native has also trained national football teams at every level from Under-13, Under-16, Under-17, Under-20 to the seniors, along with teams in ladies hockey and cricket.

The former school teacher is also counted among the most successful coaches at schoolboy level, claiming five National InterCol titles with Signal Hill Senior Comprehensive (1982, ’87, ’88, ’89, ’95’).

St Clair thinks Wallace and his executives should allow FIFA’s normalisation committee to do its work. A known disciplinarian, St Clair was never one to mince words.

“I don’t know why they are fighting FIFA,” said Sinclair. “You owe $50 million. If they want to come in and want to clean up the thing, let them, then go and win the election after,” he reasoned.

St Clair was among those present last year when FIFA president Gianni Infantino came to T&T last November for the official launch and unveiling of the US$2.5 million Home of Football, built by the world governing body. He believes that Wallace made a huge misstep in closing down the Home of Football. He did not see the wisdom in the TTFA criticising the entity that provided it with a permanent home.

“That is a fantastic facility (HoF),” St Clair noted. “If there are some things wrong with it, then fix it. You don’t close it down. That makes no sense.”

In a long and distinguished career, St Clair, 78, has travelled the world and interacted with players, coaches and officials at all levels. And he does not feel Wallace’s battle against FIFA is one that can be won. “FIFA is the boss. They control everything. I really hope we don’t get in problems with FIFA,” St Clair reiterated.

“I want to see a change, a big improvement in Trinidad football. We were ranked number 25 in the world once, and now we are a hundred and something. Something has to change, and it will not be easy,” he concluded.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: pull stones on April 20, 2020, 05:31:44 AM
What am I missing here ? I don't suppose I'll get an answer that , so let me move on to the next by asking  Is anyone surprised by the urgency by the sports minister to meet with Fifa's normalisation appointee Robert Hadad ? I have come to the conclusion I am not at all surprised nor trust any present politician as it stand at the moment ! Here we have the sport minister ready and willingly  sprinting towards a meeting with Robert Hadad what am I missing here ? Didn't mr William Wallace requested an audience/ meeting with the sport minister ? Was it even entertained with the same urgency ! What am I missing here ? Ok I am not missing anything I suppose,  for all along as stated not by me , but the very sports minister Shamfa cudjoe by her admittance that Fifa briefed the government of their ( Fifa) impending action towards TTFA which in fact did come about ( the replacement ) of  the duly elected William Wallace administration ! All I have to say is there goes the very deceit / arrogance/ conneivance I talk about ! Simply put expect more of the same nonsense to repeat itself as long as there are individuals as such as Shamfa cudjoe . Shamfa cudjoe what else did Fifa keep  you and your government abreast of ?  I would not hold my breath for a response !!!  What am I missing !
please mate I beg you, do not go down that road. and furthermore please don’t give that wanker named controversial fuel to add to his ridiculous notions that the government are somehow in cahoots with FIFA to wreck TT football.

we all know the reason why the government is meeting with Robert hadad, it’s because they need the use of the HOF for the covid 19  step down facility, other than that they and FIFA have no business together.

I listen to shamfa’s interview concerning the ttff and she said in the past few years when the government wanted to help football the ttfa (and I’m guessing it was during DJW tenure) they would say that they only answer to fifa, she also claimed that when the United ttfa won the election they never reached out to the government, and now that they are in war with FIFA they are now trying to reach out to the MOS, and quite frankly i don’t blame her.

we all love and want nothing more than to support the new ttfa, but let’s not ignore the fact that this new administration started off on the wrong foot by misrepresenting a few things both with NIKE and junior sammy, not to mention their failure seeking out the government’s help with bringing the HOF up to a working standard as early as december. and has missed out on the whole carnival season where they had the facility to at least keep a few fetes as a means to raise funds.

I really don’t believe the government have anything to gain by getting in bed with FIFA, I just don’t see the point of it.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: pull stones on April 20, 2020, 05:39:14 AM
And no football playing right now whatsoever. Not even a lime kicking. When before we had women's qualifying urgently and men's on the horizon.

Look how these people just abdicating their sovereign duty before you could even say yes massa. Shame on Shamfa.

I done in truth yes.
mate the media is putting words in the woman’s mouth, I watched the clip and basically she was saying that when the government reached out to the federation about the state of football and they brush off the government by invoking “we only answer to fifa”, now I’m guessing that this was during fat boy tenure, she also said that the United ttfa made no efforts to reach them until they ran into trouble with FIFA. take that for what it’s worth.
Title: Sports Minister not picking sides in TTFA, FIFA wrangle
Post by: Tallman on April 20, 2020, 06:24:29 AM
Sports Minister not picking sides in TTFA, FIFA wrangle
By Ian Prescott (T&T Express)


SPORTS MINISTER Shamfa Cudjoe has declared that the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs (MSYA) will remain neutral in the battle between ousted executives of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) and FIFA, the governing body for world football.

While the parties will make their case before the Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), Minister Cudjoe firmly declared that MSYA’s position is one of neutrality and that Government will not pick sides. “I am not here to be neither judge nor juror,” Cudjoe stated.

The executive of the William Wallace-led TTFA administration filed an appeal with CAS on April 6, after FIFA intervened in the running of Trinidad and Tobago football on March 17. FIFA then set up a normalisation committee headed by businessman Robert Hadad to restructure local football.

After initially filing the complaint of the TTFA executives, attorneys Matthew Gayle and Dr Emir Crowne followed up by filing an appellate brief on Friday, April 17, giving details of the complaint, including witnesses, and experts to be called.

Today, FIFA is expected to send its response to CAS. The Court will then look at the merits of each argument, deciding if there is a case that has been made, and give further instruction on how the matter would proceed.

Today, FIFA is expected to send its response to CAS. The Court will then look at the merits of each argument, deciding if there is a case that has been made, and give further instruction on how the matter would proceed.

Minister Cudjoe stressed MSYA’s neutrality in the matter and at the same time, she recognised that as the governing body for football, FIFA would take particular actions according to its statutes. “We have to deal with what is before us. What has happened has already happened,” Cudjoe added. “We can’t make FIFA not step in anymore. FIFA has already stepped in.”

She also wanted to clarify a miscommunication. The minister said she had no prior knowledge of FIFA’S decision to appoint a normalisation committee and added that FIFA informed her of their action, only after an official release was sent out by the world governing body on March 17.

“After the public announcement was made…it was only after I was told by FIFA,” Cudjoe stated. “As a matter of fact, when the press release was circulated on the media and the media contacted me, I couldn’t even give media (a) comment because they (FIFA) had not been in contact with me on the matter.”
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on April 20, 2020, 06:24:42 AM
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“I just hope they don’t make us get banned by FIFA,” said St Clair, the most successful local coach in T&T history. “A ban will be devastating for the young footballers and that is what football is about, not administrators.”

The TTFA can't be banned for pursuing process with CAS. Please stop the nonsense!
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: maxg on April 20, 2020, 09:04:04 AM
"we all know the reason why the government is meeting with Robert hadad, it’s because they need the use of the HOF for the covid 19  step down facility, other than that they and FIFA have no business together."


In another post I attempted to explain why the HoF as displayed was not needed as part of the Covid 19 response in the very near future.
Secondly, if Hadad and Government have to meet concerning it's use, that would be a meeting with the Ministry of Health, and/or Ministry of National Security and Ministry of Works and other related officers (Regional corporation, Safety Inspectors,etc). There is absolutely no reason for the MSYA to be meeting with anybody concerning Covid19 at this time. Again, conclude what you may, but make sure you have facts, at least as much info as you can get.

add: https://www.facebook.com/tttliveonline/videos/344597143166976/
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: socalion on April 20, 2020, 01:06:43 PM
Pull stones I  have never and neither  will I get into any  tug of war  between  ( yourself and  contro ) or any member here on this forum for that matter , so here is my reluctant response to you , you are free to be critical or share your point of view/ views on any subject matter  I have no issue with that , I hope we understand each other clearly my friend ! Keep in mind and I'll mention it  once more I neither want to get into any tit for tat between you and  contro or  any member here thats my simple response !  Respectfully so .
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Deeks on April 20, 2020, 01:23:05 PM
While I understand the complexities of this case, Shamfa should be on TTFA side. Wallace did not do anything wrong other than report some deficiencies in the facility. Rightly so.  So Hadad and the govt saying the place is ready. So I guess the Fire Services wrong about the assessment of the place. Who is paying the liability ? And who is paying for the additional repairs or structural issues that Wallace claimed. So Wallace and them was lying?
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: socalion on April 20, 2020, 04:05:59 PM
While I understand the complexities of this case, Shamfa should be on TTFA side. Wallace did not do anything wrong other than report some deficiencies in the facility. Rightly so.  So Hadad and the govt saying the place is ready. So I guess the Fire Services wrong about the assessment of the place. Who is paying the liability ? And who is paying for the additional repairs or structural issues that Wallace claimed. So Wallace and them was lying?
Deeks Well breds  yuh on point !  Shamfa cudjoe is speaking from both sides of her mouth !  She is sworn by an oath to uphold her duties impartially , she clearly hasn't done so !
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: pull stones on April 20, 2020, 04:29:22 PM
While I understand the complexities of this case, Shamfa should be on TTFA side. Wallace did not do anything wrong other than report some deficiencies in the facility. Rightly so.  So Hadad and the govt saying the place is ready. So I guess the Fire Services wrong about the assessment of the place. Who is paying the liability ? And who is paying for the additional repairs or structural issues that Wallace claimed. So Wallace and them was lying?
deeks i would like you to listen to live interviews and sound bites instead of relying on the news articles which outside of liburd’s articles are filled with misinformation.

in a news briefing I heard the PM stated he was in touch with the fire service and the relevant authorities and was working with them to bring the HOF up to standard, which means that it was acknowledged that the facility was indeed unprepared to be occupied, but you must remember the government could get things expedited especially in a time of crisis.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Deeks on April 20, 2020, 05:03:01 PM
While I understand the complexities of this case, Shamfa should be on TTFA side. Wallace did not do anything wrong other than report some deficiencies in the facility. Rightly so.  So Hadad and the govt saying the place is ready. So I guess the Fire Services wrong about the assessment of the place. Who is paying the liability ? And who is paying for the additional repairs or structural issues that Wallace claimed. So Wallace and them was lying?
deeks i would like you to listen to live interviews and sound bites instead of relying on the news articles which outside of liburd’s articles are filled with misinformation.

in a news briefing I heard the PM stated he was in touch with the fire service and the relevant authorities and was working with them to bring the HOF up to standard, which means that it was acknowledged that the facility was indeed unprepared to be occupied, but you must remember the government could get things expedited especially in a time of crisis.

Thanks for the info. But the way things are being put out there, even before Shamfa news conference, was that nothing was wrong the the socalled HOF and Wallace and was on a witch hunt. I wonder if Wallace had gone to the govt to help defray the cost to finish the HOF and fast-track the fire codes, I wonder what Shamfa would have said to him. Pull, I listen to some of the news briefings on WACK. I did not hear the part pertaining to the the HOF.

But in this time of crisis, I am glad the govt has stepped in to use the facility. And as you said they can expedite all the deficiencies by the flick of a switch. They throw Wallace under the bus though.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: pull stones on April 21, 2020, 08:15:07 AM
While I understand the complexities of this case, Shamfa should be on TTFA side. Wallace did not do anything wrong other than report some deficiencies in the facility. Rightly so.  So Hadad and the govt saying the place is ready. So I guess the Fire Services wrong about the assessment of the place. Who is paying the liability ? And who is paying for the additional repairs or structural issues that Wallace claimed. So Wallace and them was lying?
deeks i would like you to listen to live interviews and sound bites instead of relying on the news articles which outside of liburd’s articles are filled with misinformation.

in a news briefing I heard the PM stated he was in touch with the fire service and the relevant authorities and was working with them to bring the HOF up to standard, which means that it was acknowledged that the facility was indeed unprepared to be occupied, but you must remember the government could get things expedited especially in a time of crisis.

Thanks for the info. But the way things are being put out there, even before Shamfa news conference, was that nothing was wrong the the socalled HOF and Wallace and was on a witch hunt. I wonder if Wallace had gone to the govt to help defray the cost to finish the HOF and fast-track the fire codes, I wonder what Shamfa would have said to him. Pull, I listen to some of the news briefings on WACK. I did not hear the part pertaining to the the HOF.

But in this time of crisis, I am glad the govt has stepped in to use the facility. And as you said they can expedite all the deficiencies by the flick of a switch. They throw Wallace under the bus though.
ill tell you what, I have no position on the government or Wallace, but what I can tell you is that the football community is who threw WW under the bus, in fact they tied him and let the bus rollover him. everyone so far who has weighed in from Dwight yorke to brain williams to st claire has all sided with FIFA and I want to believe that the fat boss is on friendly terms with all those guys.

I say so because when we were running ragged under Dennis lawrence and his employer none of these guys had anything to say, in fact they all had laryngitis, now that the administration has changed then suddenly everyone regained their voice and somehow has something to say in favor of FIFA? they need to get off it.

as far as I can see I got the sense that the government really tries to stay away from football because of the stigma that is attached to both with jack and david. I’m telling you from what I’ve witnessed dr rowley did not trust DJW and worst yet jack warner, and he wanted nothing to do with financing football because of the lack of transparency in the former ttfa under DJW.

In case you didn’t know, rowley and raymond timkee were not only friends but they were also party affiliates, it was rowley who made timkee major by choosing him to represent the party, and rowley supported timkee 200%, but timkee died right after the election so the ttfa was very unlucky in that  regard because their pathway to govt funding was severed.

I’m here listening to everybody trying to put the government in the stew even when they don’t know nor do they closely follow current affairs in trinbago, yet they talk as if they have a front row seat to the precedings.

 going to trinidad as often as I do now i’ve made friends with some government insiders who knows the deal and informed me that the prime minister is a sport lover contrary to what others might think, and he’s particularly crazy over cricket and wasn’t very happy with the way football was mishandled (men’s women’s children’s) under fat boy’s tenure and showed interest in supporting the untied ttfa, but wanted to stay very clear of fifa because of the way they did business.

WW on the other hand waited too long and never reached out to the government until he ran into trouble with FIFA, I know he means well but he was supposed to fix that HOF and got on with the business. I knew he also thought he had all the time in the world to get things done, but as an act of good faith he should’ve reach out to the MOS at least and lay out his concerns, oh well. he definitely missed out on an opportunity to work with the government.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Deeks on April 21, 2020, 10:04:57 AM
WW on the other hand waited too long and never reached out to the government until he ran into trouble with FIFA, I know he means well but he was supposed to fix that HOF and got on with the business. I knew he also thought he had all the time in the world to get things done, but as an act of good faith he should’ve reach out to the MOS at least and lay out his concerns, oh well. he definitely missed out on an opportunity to work with the government.

I agree with you on that. But still there is the 50 million to eradicate. The HOF was supposedly finished. Now he has to find another set of money to fix the HOF.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: socalion on April 21, 2020, 12:24:07 PM
This whole situation I do think could have been handled so much better with all the parties reaching out to each other collectively / in more unified manner! Now that being said hindsight is 20/20 , I still believe Fifa's approach in addressing the issues concerning ttfa debt as well as other related issues comes across as too heavy handed , as well as not respectful of duly elected ttfa administration , don't you think a better way was to work together with the then William Wallace administration with their Fifa's guidance in good faith I'm sure none of us will have a problem that ! As for mr William Wallace not seeking government / business contacts assistance early enough  in order to get the outstanding issues concerning the HOF taken care of , I really don't know what say , but only mr Wallace can address that , I guess that's a topic for next day . Let me just say am happy to know the HOF will be operational soon ! Kudos  to that
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Controversial on April 21, 2020, 01:56:04 PM
This whole situation I do think could have been handled so much better with all the parties reaching out to each other collectively / in more unified manner! Now that being said hindsight is 20/20 , I still believe Fifa's approach in addressing the issues concerning ttfa debt as well as other related issues comes across as too heavy handed , as well as not respectful of duly elected ttfa administration , don't you think a better way was to work together with the then William Wallace administration with their Fifa's guidance in good faith I'm sure none of us will have a problem that ! As for mr William Wallace not seeking government / business contacts assistance early enough  in order to get the outstanding issues concerning the HOF taken care of , I really don't know what say , but only mr Wallace can address that , I guess that's a topic for next day . Let me just say am happy to know the HOF will be operational soon ! Kudos  to that

The timing is impeccable...

Corruption probe, dismissal of WW and team, colonial esque takeovers to cover up corruption, install puppet, then fix HOF in time of crisis for great PR and to sweep any corruption under the rug, while pretending to remain neutral and unbiased
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Trini _2022 on April 22, 2020, 05:26:30 AM
This whole situation I do think could have been handled so much better with all the parties reaching out to each other collectively / in more unified manner! Now that being said hindsight is 20/20 , I still believe Fifa's approach in addressing the issues concerning ttfa debt as well as other related issues comes across as too heavy handed , as well as not respectful of duly elected ttfa administration , don't you think a better way was to work together with the then William Wallace administration with their Fifa's guidance in good faith I'm sure none of us will have a problem that ! As for mr William Wallace not seeking government / business contacts assistance early enough  in order to get the outstanding issues concerning the HOF taken care of , I really don't know what say , but only mr Wallace can address that , I guess that's a topic for next day . Let me just say am happy to know the HOF will be operational soon ! Kudos  to that


who was giveing him money for that  ... He said to repair/finish  HOF cost in the millions remember. So this covid situation benefit  the ttfa .. BTW TTFA getting money now or the  HOF is being used  free of charge ?
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: pull stones on April 22, 2020, 06:01:49 AM
This whole situation I do think could have been handled so much better with all the parties reaching out to each other collectively / in more unified manner! Now that being said hindsight is 20/20 , I still believe Fifa's approach in addressing the issues concerning ttfa debt as well as other related issues comes across as too heavy handed , as well as not respectful of duly elected ttfa administration , don't you think a better way was to work together with the then William Wallace administration with their Fifa's guidance in good faith I'm sure none of us will have a problem that ! As for mr William Wallace not seeking government / business contacts assistance early enough  in order to get the outstanding issues concerning the HOF taken care of , I really don't know what say , but only mr Wallace can address that , I guess that's a topic for next day . Let me just say am happy to know the HOF will be operational soon ! Kudos  to that


who was giveing him money for that  ... He said to repair/finish  HOF cost in the millions remember. So this covid situation benefit  the ttfa .. BTW TTFA getting money now or the  HOF is being used  free of charge ?
fifa offered it for free and the government grabbed it and ran with it. I guess it’s an even trade with the amount of money needed to bring the place up to code, but I seriously doubt if it was that expensive to bring it up to code,  ay etc he was talking about making additional features to the place like a gym and a fitness pool, but I can’t see repairing an elevator shaft, fire exits and commercial insurance costing that much.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on April 22, 2020, 07:47:43 AM
There is a lot of muddying of water taking place, but I don't anticipate that lasting much longer.
Title: FIFA, T&T government versus TTFA?
Post by: Tallman on April 22, 2020, 05:02:36 PM
FIFA, T&T government versus TTFA?
By Colin Murray (T&T Guardian)


William Wallace, what have you done? In local jargon, “like you kill priest or what?”

Poor Wally must have thought that he was just fighting the Incredible Hulk only to realise in the past week or so that he has come up against Superman, Iron Man and Batwoman, especially, flexing her muscles and warning him not to play games.

Wow! you may say. Just when you thought you’d seen it all.

Here we are again, the ex-executive of the TTFA (T&T Football Association) and this normalisation committee. The movie continues with more characters added into the script. Let me once again state I have no issue with the concept of FIFA’s normalisation committee entering any member association.

What I have a problem with is how it was done to the TTFA and the timing of the action by the star of the movie - FIFA. I will not state the obvious why FIFA brought this normalization committee onboard after their president was here to open the ‘Home of Football’ (Couva).

It is interesting to note that some former national footballers such as Dwight Yorke and Carlos Edwards are in support of the normalisation committee. I am not surprised at this stance as when you speak with so many of our athletes in various sporting disciplines, they complain bitterly about administrators and, in their view, their seeming quest for power and failure to adequately look after their welfare. This bears no difference in football.

I am sure we remember the fight our Soca Warriors had to endure after they returned from Germany back in 2006. I expect the ‘new’ ex-executive of the TTFA without having been given a decent chance to prove themselves would be lumped in that category.

I also read a letter to the Guardian Sports Editor last Sunday from Earl 'Ballhog" Jean who signed the piece as “Football coach” pleading with Wallace and company that “...good sense ought to prevail”. Only on checking his credentials, I realised he is the football coach of W Connection of which the former president of TTFA has a significant interest. The thing is when football was on the downward slide with money being thrown away and the debt increasing exponentially from $15 Million to $50 Million, where were these voices? Suddenly they have sprung to life.

Mr Wallace and his executive shut down the ‘Home of Football’ because it did not meet certain statutory requirements but in just one week and with a small army of private sector companies, the facility’s wellness centre is ready for use at no cost to the TTFA.

Now, I am overjoyed because the virus we are fighting here is a killer and anything anyone can do to save a fellow human being's life must be applauded. But one must ask the question: why couldn’t William Wallace get the job done and bring the building up to scratch and have it ready for use?

It’s been widely publicised by the ex-TTFA executive that the building was unfit for use. This is after the building was masqueraded behind a grand opening with FIFA president Gianni Infantino, T&T’s Prime Minister, Minister of Sports and other dignitaries in attendance. Everyone walked around with big smiles, handshakes, hugs and kisses and then have the audacity to close the building.

The strange thing is not a word from no one. How come none of the dignitaries questioned the closure of the building? More than that, to me this was not only a black mark against the TTFA but T&T as we took FIFA’s money, had an opening and it was then shut down with seemingly no questions asked.

It is alleged that Wallace had put through several calls to the Minister of Sports after the TTFA elections in November 2019 and she never returned any. Now, surely, even if she was uninterested in his football plans, she must have cared about the ‘Home of Football’.

Unfortunately, things are not making sense to me.

All it would have taken is a return call to get the relevant statutory agencies involved and the facility would have been up and running since January, so why didn’t they offer to fix it before? I also read where the Minister of Sports admitted FIFA had briefed the T&T government of its impending action, before dissolving the TTFA and imposing a normalisation committee.

What is even more startling, the Minister of Sports said, “I am yet to meet with the new head of the body, which FIFA has put in charge but I expect to do so in the next week or so”.

Yet a democratically elected board for over three months, she never once met with its head. The Minister ultimately distanced herself from the story and she also claimed that Wallace never reached out to her and only did so about two weeks before the normalization committee was appointed, and insisting she was neutral about the tussle between FIFA and TTFA.

Strangely enough, the Minister says all of a sudden the TTFA wants protection from FIFA and points out that two years ago, there was an issue with the women’s national senior team and they asked for the Ministry’s intervention. She was told that she should not be in the meeting as TTFA reports to FIFA. Were those Wallace’s words two years ago?

You see, just like you, I long to get off this roller coaster. All I want is what’s best for T&T football.

Thanks to CNC3, I recently relived one of my life’s most cherished moments - a trip to Bahrain to do commentary on our eventual victory to seal World Cup qualification.

It hurts to see what is happening to T&T football off the field. A democratically elected body after three months in office being hounded out by an organisation seeking its agenda and our people in T&T playing a mischievous political game to assist that body with their political aspirations.

Wallace, you will do well to remember King Austin sang “No one can deny, the price of progress is high”.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: pull stones on April 23, 2020, 06:03:38 AM
Collin Murray I agree with you, in fact we all agree with you but please do not toss the government into this stew. I do agree earl jean, sancho, Carlos, Brian Williams, Dwight york, russel latapy, bertile at claire and the rest of the chorus has been very one sided on this issue, but to insinuate that our government is willing to assist fifa to mangle football in this country for fifa own gain is ridiculous.

I believe that shamfa and Wallace did not meet because they wanted the fat boss to win election, i believe they just didn’t get together since that’s very possible due to the fact that reaching a government minister on the phone could be a very daunting task, but wallace had the option to walk in the ministry and set up an appointment, simple.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on April 23, 2020, 07:27:41 AM
I know it's a tough pill to swallow,  but the political players do NOT get a pass. They did what they did out of conviction, convenience and perceived interest.

Just as nature conceptually abhors a vacuum, so too does naivete lead to unrecognized consequences. Bear in mind that "political" and "governmental" are not synonymous but they share "messengers" and beneficiaries.

Football won't die but the battle for the spoils will be brutal. (Just in case anyone honestly/mistakenly anticipates a coming period of unbridled prosperity ... and tranquility.)
Title: No, William
Post by: Tallman on April 24, 2020, 09:40:14 AM
No, William
T&T Express


Businessman and former club owner Arthur Suite is urging ousted Football Association (TTFA) president William Wallace to call off legal action against FIFA for sidelining him and his executive.

“Sorry, Mr William Wallace. I have tried very hard but have failed to come up with a reason that I can support your actions to oppose FIFA’s appointment of a “normalisation committee”, Suite wrote in an open letter yesterday.

In his letter, Suite was clear in his view that FIFA was not the enemy.

“Sorry, Mr Wallace, but your fight is not against FIFA but the state of the bankrupt TTFA that you inherited,” he wrote.

In the late 1970s and early ‘80s Suite, the owner of Aviation Services Limited, was the driving force behind the establishment of the Trinidad and Tobago Premier Soccer League, an attempt at professional football that was shortlived.

In his letter, Suite suggested that Wallace’s team would lose their case at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Noting that the Act of Parliament granted the TTFA the right to regulate and control football in the country under FIFA, he argued that in so doing, it surrendered all the TTFA’s rights to the world body.

Suite also described the local FA as bankrupt, with a debt of approximately US$5.5 million that it is unable to liquidate. He added, “...and as such, this debt affects TTFA’s ability to operate on a daily/monthly basis without one of its creditors seeking and obtaining judgment against the TTFA and the threat of one of its creditors foreclosing on the TTFA. This could be a major embarrassment, not only to the Government of Trinidad and Tobago but to FIFA as well.”

The TTFA’s current debt actually lies in the vicinity of US$7 million.

Suite stated it was well known that the TTFA’s financial state was not created by Wallace and his executive but he added that no one knew how Wallace intended to liquidate the organisation’s massive debt.

The former football promoter then raised the question of whether it was more than that debt that prompted FIFA to move against Wallace and his executive.

“Was there such an insurmountable problem after the official opening of this joint venture, ‘Home of Football Hotel’ between FIFA and the Government of Trinidad and Tobago that caused the closure of this Football Hotel immediately after Mr Wallace was elected into office?” he asked.

“Could Mr Wallace not have fixed this problem quietly, quickly and peacefully in order to save any embarrassment to (the) FIFA president, the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, the Minister of Sport and the former president of TTFA who attended the official opening of the Hotel?” Suite continued, adding: “It’s the last straw that breaks the camel’s back.”

Suite added:”TTFA is totally dependent on finances from FIFA and the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, and as such the TTFA cannot be disrespectful at any time to FIFA or the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.”

He urged the Wallace-led executive to withdraw its action, accept change and “do what is best” for the country’s football.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: FF on April 24, 2020, 12:41:17 PM


“Could Mr Wallace not have fixed this problem quietly, quickly and peacefully in order to save any embarrassment to (the) FIFA president, the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, the Minister of Sport and the former president of TTFA who attended the official opening of the Hotel?”
Suite continued, adding: “It’s the last straw that breaks the camel’s back.”


Yes Arthur. You identify the real victims in all of this. Brilliant.

Steups, fack outta here with this garbage
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: maxg on April 24, 2020, 12:52:23 PM


“Could Mr Wallace not have fixed this problem quietly, quickly and peacefully in order to save any embarrassment to (the) FIFA president, the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, the Minister of Sport and the former president of TTFA who attended the official opening of the Hotel?”
Suite continued, adding: “It’s the last straw that breaks the camel’s back.”


Yes Arthur. You identify the real victims in all of this. Brilliant.

Steups, fack outta here with this garbage
  :thumbsup:
They does keep pulling yuh back in, eh ?   :devil:
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Controversial on April 24, 2020, 12:57:35 PM
Collin Murray I agree with you, in fact we all agree with you but please do not toss the government into this stew. I do agree earl jean, sancho, Carlos, Brian Williams, Dwight york, russel latapy, bertile at claire and the rest of the chorus has been very one sided on this issue, but to insinuate that our government is willing to assist fifa to mangle football in this country for fifa own gain is ridiculous.

I believe that shamfa and Wallace did not meet because they wanted the fat boss to win election, i believe they just didn’t get together since that’s very possible due to the fact that reaching a government minister on the phone could be a very daunting task, but wallace had the option to walk in the ministry and set up an appointment, simple.

Your head hard boy...

You in bed with the govt? You stand to get some contract or money under the table?

Is that why Murray shouldn't talk about the complicity of TT govt in all of this?

I'm trying to understand your motivation for continuously shutting down anyone who makes a connection to our corrupt govt locally...

Even when presented with facts, you sidestep, what is your story?

I bet if I dig deep as to who you really are we will find out why you so adamant to defend this govt...
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Controversial on April 24, 2020, 01:00:17 PM


“Could Mr Wallace not have fixed this problem quietly, quickly and peacefully in order to save any embarrassment to (the) FIFA president, the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, the Minister of Sport and the former president of TTFA who attended the official opening of the Hotel?”
Suite continued, adding: “It’s the last straw that breaks the camel’s back.”


Yes Arthur. You identify the real victims in all of this. Brilliant.

Steups, fack outta here with this garbage

These men in the house, popping up everywhere..

I didnt realize TT had so many sell outs ... its glaring
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Sam on April 24, 2020, 03:56:50 PM
De question is, if a miracle happen and Wallace win, what will be his plan?

He have ZERO money.

We have no financial sponsorship especially with this coronavirus killing companies pockets.

Not sure if they lose de Avec contract.

FIFA will not give them yearly grant because it go be spite wok.

Why they just didn't hush they mouth, take de little they have, work with de minister of sports, fix de blasted hotel and get on with de wok.

This Robert Hadad fella have money?

Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Controversial on April 24, 2020, 04:38:37 PM
De question is, if a miracle happen and Wallace win, what will be his plan?

He have ZERO money.

We have no financial sponsorship especially with this coronavirus killing companies pockets.

Not sure if they lose de Avec contract.

FIFA will not give them yearly grant because it go be spite wok.

Why they just didn't hush they mouth, take de little they have, work with de minister of sports, fix de blasted hotel and get on with de wok.

This Robert Hadad fella have money?



Hadco received many life lines from the govt... those govt contracts have made these mediocre businessmen billionaires and worth a lot..

Can Hadad fund TT football through the govt? Yes he can

Will he be a puppet and controlled? Yes he will

Does that guarantee a progressive ttfa, no it doesn’t ... that is left to be seen, especially given the underhanded nature they used to seize power from a democratically elected board
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on April 24, 2020, 07:11:05 PM
No, William
T&T Express


Businessman and former club owner Arthur Suite is urging ousted Football Association (TTFA) president William Wallace to call off legal action against FIFA for sidelining him and his executive.

“Sorry, Mr William Wallace. I have tried very hard but have failed to come up with a reason that I can support your actions to oppose FIFA’s appointment of a “normalisation committee”, Suite wrote in an open letter yesterday.

In his letter, Suite was clear in his view that FIFA was not the enemy.

“Sorry, Mr Wallace, but your fight is not against FIFA but the state of the bankrupt TTFA that you inherited,” he wrote.

In the late 1970s and early ‘80s Suite, the owner of Aviation Services Limited, was the driving force behind the establishment of the Trinidad and Tobago Premier Soccer League, an attempt at professional football that was shortlived.

In his letter, Suite suggested that Wallace’s team would lose their case at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Noting that the Act of Parliament granted the TTFA the right to regulate and control football in the country under FIFA, he argued that in so doing, it surrendered all the TTFA’s rights to the world body.

Suite also described the local FA as bankrupt, with a debt of approximately US$5.5 million that it is unable to liquidate. He added, “...and as such, this debt affects TTFA’s ability to operate on a daily/monthly basis without one of its creditors seeking and obtaining judgment against the TTFA and the threat of one of its creditors foreclosing on the TTFA. This could be a major embarrassment, not only to the Government of Trinidad and Tobago but to FIFA as well.”

The TTFA’s current debt actually lies in the vicinity of US$7 million.

Suite stated it was well known that the TTFA’s financial state was not created by Wallace and his executive but he added that no one knew how Wallace intended to liquidate the organisation’s massive debt.

The former football promoter then raised the question of whether it was more than that debt that prompted FIFA to move against Wallace and his executive.

“Was there such an insurmountable problem after the official opening of this joint venture, ‘Home of Football Hotel’ between FIFA and the Government of Trinidad and Tobago that caused the closure of this Football Hotel immediately after Mr Wallace was elected into office?” he asked.

“Could Mr Wallace not have fixed this problem quietly, quickly and peacefully in order to save any embarrassment to (the) FIFA president, the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, the Minister of Sport and the former president of TTFA who attended the official opening of the Hotel?” Suite continued, adding: “It’s the last straw that breaks the camel’s back.”

Suite added:”TTFA is totally dependent on finances from FIFA and the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, and as such the TTFA cannot be disrespectful at any time to FIFA or the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.”

He urged the Wallace-led executive to withdraw its action, accept change and “do what is best” for the country’s football.

I would like to read Arthur Suite's letter in the original, not merely excerpts. Someone post it nah.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Deeks on April 24, 2020, 11:26:57 PM
Suite selling out now?
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: pull stones on April 25, 2020, 05:43:38 AM
De question is, if a miracle happen and Wallace win, what will be his plan?

He have ZERO money.

We have no financial sponsorship especially with this coronavirus killing companies pockets.

Not sure if they lose de Avec contract.

FIFA will not give them yearly grant because it go be spite wok.

Why they just didn't hush they mouth, take de little they have, work with de minister of sports, fix de blasted hotel and get on with de wok.

This Robert Hadad fella have money?
my point exactly sam. Wallace should have known better than to show his cards together with his side kick look loy who was fighting with sancho, fighting with fenwick making and news every week for bull crap.

they should have known when that fat bore pig left the HOF steaming like a pressure cooker after his defeat that they weren’t gonna see the last of him, and sure enough his fat ugly hoofs are written all over this action by FIFA. Wallace made a lot of bad moves, I’m still supporting him though.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: pull stones on April 25, 2020, 05:50:56 AM
Suite selling out now?
thats what you call it, I thought it was the national past time in la trinity to sell your soul for bread and water?just look at all the most influential peop,e in the foot all world who came out the wood work to support fifa over this move. I wonder if they would have supported FIFA if they had done this to DJW? just saying.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Flex on April 25, 2020, 07:04:35 AM
FIFA: Normalisation committee chosen through ‘interviews’
By Narissa Fraser (Newsday).


THE WORLD’S governing body for football – FIFA – said the members of the normalisation committee it appointed to the TT Football Association (TTFA) were chosen through a “series of interviews.”

On March 17, FIFA announced the committee was appointed owing to the TTFA’s “low financial management methods” and “a massive debt.”

T&T is not the first to have such an appointment, with countries like Ghana, Argentina, Guyana, Greece, Uruguay, Egypt and many others having experienced this type of intervention by FIFA.

The decision follows article 8:2 of FIFA’s statutes which states, “Executive bodies of member associations may under exceptional circumstances be removed from office by the council in consultation with the relevant confederation and replaced by a normalisation committee for a specific period of time.”

But the article does not indicate how these committee members are chosen.

At the head is businessman Robert Hadad as chairman, with Judy Daniel as his deputy and Nigel Romano as a member.

In response to an e-mail, FIFA spokesperson Thayssa Plum told Newsday, “The members of a Normalisation Committee are chosen through a series of interviews with different candidates. In this case, the interviews were conducted by delegates from FIFA and Concacaf. During that process, it is ensured that the members that compose the Normalisation Committee have different profiles, perform their duties with neutrality and gather the necessary competencies to temporarily lead the federation in question.

“In line with the FIFA governance regulations, all members of the normalisation committee are subject to an eligibility check, and none of its members are eligible for any of the open positions in the elections under any circumstances.”

But the article also does not indicate or define what “exceptional circumstances” are.

Many of the other countries who have had such intervention were revealed to have corruption within their football associations. And in T&T’s case – financial woes.

Asked for clarity on this, Plum referred Newsday to FIFA’s initial press release on the appointment of the committee. She pointed out the quote, “The decision follows the recent FIFA/Concacaf fact-finding mission to T&T to assess, together with an independent auditor, the financial situation of TTFA.

“The mission found that extremely low overall financial management methods, combined with a massive debt, have resulted in the TTFA facing a very real risk of insolvency and illiquidity. Such a situation is putting at risk the organisation and development of football in the country and corrective measures need to be applied urgently.”

FIFA had previously indicated the committee will consist of five members in total, and that it would “appoint two more members in the coming days.” No further announcements have since been made.

Title: Time for CFU Solidarity and stand-up for TTFA
Post by: Tallman on April 26, 2020, 08:10:13 AM
Time for CFU Solidarity and stand-up for TTFA
T&T Guardian


FIFA (world football's governing body) for the sport ousted the four-month-old, democratically-elected executive body of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association, led by President William Wallace, on March 17, 2020, and replaced it with a Normalizing Committee, ten days later. This action has far-reaching implications and eventually dire consequences for Caribbean football. The dictatorial action by FIFA against a CFU (Caribbean Football Union) member without consulting the Caribbean regional body reveals the absolute lack of respect for and a condescending attitude towards the region's football administrators. Those who believe that this FIFA move is a one-off situation is myopic and had better think again.

FIFA's action against Trinidad and Tobago stemmed from relatively moot reasons; the main charge was that the four-month-old Wallace executive body had no proper debt relief plan in place for the reportedly TT$50 million debt inherited from the previous administration led by David John-Williams, who campaigned for the recently-elected FIFA president Gianni Infantino. The Wallace group's actions in office pale in comparison to the performance of the previous administration.

Thanks to the John-Williams administration, Trinidad and Tobago football is now nothing short of a calamity; the once Caribbean powerhouse Soca Warriors is now a debt-ridden organization that can't win a Gold Cup contest. The signature achievement - Home of Football - was inoperable until the government recently made improvements for it to host COVID-19 quarantine victims and use it as a step-down facility. FIFA bias is prevalent in this fiasco!

The world body's actions could lead to dictated leaderships in the region in the future, with very limited autonomy for CFU member associations.

Here is an analogy of FIFA's action that hits home: someone comes into your house, accuses your child of wrongdoing and without your consultation, proceeds to severely punish that child in your presence and neither you nor anyone else in your household could defend your child; neither you nor anyone else in your family could even render a word as to the extent of the punishment or even to suggest a form of discipline in the matter.

This is a weak household with no love in that family. This weak house will eventually crumble!

CFU, where's the love among the family? Where's the strength in the household? Where is the pride? Where is the solidarity?

CFU was virtually absent in this fiasco because we can't answer the aforementioned questions. CFU should have been in the position to strongly influence FIFA's decision; we should have demanded that FIFA act in good faith and instruct its Normalization Committee to work with the newly-elected executive body to develop a plan to solve the debt problem and review the statues and meet other FIFA suggestions. This would have allowed the legally elected William Wallace administration the time to work through the calamity it faced, to kick-start Trinidad and Tobago football. Sentiment would have favoured FIFA. Instead, FIFA's embarrassment of Trinidad and Tobago is an affront to the entire Caribbean; this is a portend.

Caribbean football administrators have to get their house in order and there is no better opportune time than now.

CFU president, Randy Harris, must show strong leadership instead of a defeatist attitude; he must cultivate Caribbean solidarity and remind FIFA that our collective 25 votes could determine the FIFA presidency; CONCACAF will also get the message (Past CFU administrators have discouraged CFU block voting, which is a mistake).

The only thing FIFA respects is the power of the vote, and we are 25-votes strong, and we must wield this power every four years. Our vote is the only strong leverage that we have to ensure progress in our football until we can consistently beat the top CONCACAF teams and send at least two Caribbean teams to every World Cup. With success comes power!

Caribbean Solidarity is the only way that we will control our destiny! Solidarity means to forgo the complacency caused by FIFA funds and take on initiatives to do for ourselves, guard our autonomy and have the ability to survive FIFA recriminations and consequences. CFU must find ways to finance its tournaments at every level and with every gender; we should constantly seek corporate funding for progress and not settle only for the provisions of CONCACAF. We're in a lull because of the Nations Cup tournament, a good competition, but more games do not translate to more opportunities for major tournaments like the Gold Cup and World Cup.

Let's not be fooled. We must wake up and realize that this FIFA/CONCACAF supported action is an attempt to make minimizing CFU appear to be inadvertent! Today, Trinidad and Tobago, tomorrow, who? CFU must support our family member, Trinidad and Tobago, today, tomorrow support another!

A show of solidarity will send a message to the Court of Arbitration (CAS) and the rest. We must begin to assert ourselves to have a say in CONCACAF; we have the COLLECTIVE vote. Let's remember how Jack Warner became powerful in world football.

Our history is one of struggle against colonialism; the struggle must continue against neo-colonialism. Solidarity is our only hope for progress.

Editor's Note

Patrick Horne, who resides in New York, is an author, sports administrator and football coach.
Title: TTFA staff desperate
Post by: Tallman on April 26, 2020, 08:30:32 AM
TTFA staff desperate
By Ian Prescott (T&T Express)


US$1.25 million in financial relief is coming to the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association this week and staff are desperate for it, but an obstacle is presented by the legal wrangle for control of the Association’s assets between the ousted executive, led by president William Wallace, and the Robert Hadad-chaired FIFA normalisation committee.

This week, the TTFA stands to receive its full 2020 allotment after FIFA president Gianni Infantino confirmed on Friday it would release emergency funding to all its 211 member associations. The money will be emergency relief against the Covid-19 pandemic that has ground sport worldwide to a halt.

With month’s end coming, TTFA General secretary Ramesh Ramdhan, who is working with the normalisation committee at FIFA’s request, yesterday highlighted the immediate need for financial relief. TTFA office staff have not received salary in two months and technical staff, even longer.

“Now that it is official, they (staff) have started calling me,” Ramdhan stated. “A lot of them had been calling me since day before yesterday.”

FIFA had withheld TTFA funding, due in January, while it probed concerns it had within the TTFA. Following its probe, FIFA intervened in the running of Trinidad and Tobago football, presumably through its US$7m debt situation, and appointed a normalisation committee after deposing the TTFA executive. The ousted executive is fighting FIFA’s intervention through an appeal to the International Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

Yesterday, Hadad did not respond to either telephone call or WhatsApp message as the Express sought comment. Ramdhan, however, feels a burden will be lifted if they can get some money to staff.

“I will like the staff to be paid. The technical staff as well,” stated the former FIFA referee who through his own initiative, borrowed money to pay salaries the last time staff received money, which was at the end of February.

“I went out of my way to pay the staff because I understand the need for money to help their families. I also wrote the technical staff a letter to be a little more patient until our funding came through,” Ramdhan declared.

Hadad has several times in the past also highlighted an urgent need to pay salaries and Ramdhan revealed he had already furnished him with contracts for staff and technical staff. Now, in the midst of a legal wrangle for control of the TTFA accounts listed with First Citizens Bank, there is the hint that because it is FIFA money, they will likely deposit the money in a new local banking account which their normalisation committee chairman Hadad can access.

“All I can say is, if we can’t use the accounts then we can’t get the money, and then plan B should be an alternative account,” Ramdhan said, adding, “especially in the interest of the staff at this time because the staff will be the biggest commitment we have, apart from debt.”

Ramdhan revealed that he had received a FIFA email informing of Infantino’s plans as early as two weeks ago.

“They did indicate they will send all the money. Normally, we would receive it in two disbursements - one in January and one in July,” he explained. “FIFA’S decision is to send the entire thing because they appreciated that without football being played, there will be no income from gates from football; match fees from friendly internationals. They appreciate that we would need money to keep going in these serious times.”

A FIFA release issued yesterday stated that as part of the measure, all remaining entitlements of member associations to operational costs under the Forward 2.0 Programme will be released in full for the years 2019 and 2020. In particular, the release of the second instalment of operational costs for 2020, which was originally due in July, will be paid immediately. Under normal circumstances, FIFA’s member associations would have only received the full amount of the contribution upon fulfillment of specific criteria, which have now been waived.

President Infantino said it was FIFA’s duty to support those experiencing severe financial distress.

“This is the first step of a far-reaching financial relief plan we are developing to respond to the emergency across the whole football community. Together with our stakeholders, we are assessing the losses and we are working on the most appropriate and effective tools to implement the other stages of this relief plan.”
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Controversial on April 27, 2020, 04:25:41 AM
TTFA staff desperate
By Ian Prescott (T&T Express)


US$1.25 million in financial relief is coming to the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association this week and staff are desperate for it, but an obstacle is presented by the legal wrangle for control of the Association’s assets between the ousted executive, led by president William Wallace, and the Robert Hadad-chaired FIFA normalisation committee.

This week, the TTFA stands to receive its full 2020 allotment after FIFA president Gianni Infantino confirmed on Friday it would release emergency funding to all its 211 member associations. The money will be emergency relief against the Covid-19 pandemic that has ground sport worldwide to a halt.

With month’s end coming, TTFA General secretary Ramesh Ramdhan, who is working with the normalisation committee at FIFA’s request, yesterday highlighted the immediate need for financial relief. TTFA office staff have not received salary in two months and technical staff, even longer.

“Now that it is official, they (staff) have started calling me,” Ramdhan stated. “A lot of them had been calling me since day before yesterday.”

FIFA had withheld TTFA funding, due in January, while it probed concerns it had within the TTFA. Following its probe, FIFA intervened in the running of Trinidad and Tobago football, presumably through its US$7m debt situation, and appointed a normalisation committee after deposing the TTFA executive. The ousted executive is fighting FIFA’s intervention through an appeal to the International Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

Yesterday, Hadad did not respond to either telephone call or WhatsApp message as the Express sought comment. Ramdhan, however, feels a burden will be lifted if they can get some money to staff.

“I will like the staff to be paid. The technical staff as well,” stated the former FIFA referee who through his own initiative, borrowed money to pay salaries the last time staff received money, which was at the end of February.

“I went out of my way to pay the staff because I understand the need for money to help their families. I also wrote the technical staff a letter to be a little more patient until our funding came through,” Ramdhan declared.

Hadad has several times in the past also highlighted an urgent need to pay salaries and Ramdhan revealed he had already furnished him with contracts for staff and technical staff. Now, in the midst of a legal wrangle for control of the TTFA accounts listed with First Citizens Bank, there is the hint that because it is FIFA money, they will likely deposit the money in a new local banking account which their normalisation committee chairman Hadad can access.

“All I can say is, if we can’t use the accounts then we can’t get the money, and then plan B should be an alternative account,” Ramdhan said, adding, “especially in the interest of the staff at this time because the staff will be the biggest commitment we have, apart from debt.”

Ramdhan revealed that he had received a FIFA email informing of Infantino’s plans as early as two weeks ago.

“They did indicate they will send all the money. Normally, we would receive it in two disbursements - one in January and one in July,” he explained. “FIFA’S decision is to send the entire thing because they appreciated that without football being played, there will be no income from gates from football; match fees from friendly internationals. They appreciate that we would need money to keep going in these serious times.”

A FIFA release issued yesterday stated that as part of the measure, all remaining entitlements of member associations to operational costs under the Forward 2.0 Programme will be released in full for the years 2019 and 2020. In particular, the release of the second instalment of operational costs for 2020, which was originally due in July, will be paid immediately. Under normal circumstances, FIFA’s member associations would have only received the full amount of the contribution upon fulfillment of specific criteria, which have now been waived.

President Infantino said it was FIFA’s duty to support those experiencing severe financial distress.

“This is the first step of a far-reaching financial relief plan we are developing to respond to the emergency across the whole football community. Together with our stakeholders, we are assessing the losses and we are working on the most appropriate and effective tools to implement the other stages of this relief plan.”

Wth Ramdhan sell out as well?

Well, the progress really gone down the drain, if he turned against Wallace..
Title: Wallace wants to sign TTFA cheques
Post by: Tallman on April 27, 2020, 11:10:16 AM
Wallace wants to sign TTFA cheques
By Walter Alibey (T&T Guardian)


Robert Hadad, head of the FIFA's normalisation committee, could have the final say on whether the staff of the T&T Football Association (TTFA) as well as the technical staff, could be paid by next week.

The staff of the TTFA has not been paid for March and April, and its general secretary had to borrow money to pay its salaries for February.

There is a legal wrangle between former president William Wallace and FIFA's Normalisation committee for the TTFA accounts. Attorney for Wallace, Matthew GW Gayle, in a second letter to TTFA bankers First Citizens Bank (FCB) on Thursday, gave the bank until today to respond to a request which was made last Monday after a letter was sent to the institution, three days earlier.

This latest development between the normalisation committee and the ousted football association's executive, which is headed by Wallace, means that the staff may have to wait much longer before they can be paid.

However, yesterday Wallace told Guardian Media Sports that he's willing to perform all his duties as TTFA president in the interest of ensuring the payment of staff from monies which the organisation is expecting from FIFA, the world governing body for the sport.

Wallace and his vice presidents Clynt Taylor, Sam Phillips and Susan Joseph-Warrick are challenging FIFA over its March 27 appointment of the normalisation committee to run the affairs of T&T football, through the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The former officers believe that handing over the TTFA accounts to the normalisation committee is an act of surrendering their challenge. Wallace's role for the payment of workers is one of a signatory, once all documentation has been prepared and signed by TTFA finance manager Tyril Patrick.

The other signatory to the accounts is former general secretary Azaad Khan since new general secretary Ramesh Ramdhan did not officially receive the position as a signatory, following the United TTFA victory during the TTFA annual general meeting (AGM) on November 24, last year.

Wallace told Guardian Media Sports yesterday that he is willing to be a signatory to the payment of staff but was not willing to give up his power of being a signatory or change his signatories on the TTFA accounts.

FIFA recently announced that it was handing over grants to its member associations, particularly those in need of help during the current COVID-19 pandemic environment. It also announced that a FIFA Relief Fund will also be accessible to vulnerable member associations.

This means the embattled football association is in line to receive US$1.2 million (an estimated TT$6.7million), plus a CONCACAF US$160,000 grant, as well as an unknown amount for the relief fund once the parties (Hadad/FIFA and Wallace) can agree on how it can be done.

Payment of funds by FIFA is usually done on Wednesdays and Fridays, which means the sport's governing body can release the cheques by this week but office and technical staff members will have to wait for a further three to four days before monies can show up in their accounts.

Guardian Media Sports made calls to Hadad's phone but they went unanswered.

Guardian Media Sports then sent messages to Hadad which asked: "If he would consider an option by Wallace for the TTFA account to be used for the FIFA transfer of funds. Wallace has said he is willing to put his signature to sign off for payment of TTFA staff but was not willing to change his signatories, is that something you will consider?"

The message was read but Hadad did not respond.

Meanwhile, a member of the TTFA who wished to remain anonymous, said he believed it was a good proposal for Wallace to remain as a signatory to the account in the interest of the staff being paid.

He told Guardian Media Sports the situation is a workable one although FIFA can choose to wire the monies into Hadad's personal account if it did not want to use the signatories of the former executives. He noted that because it is unsure of how long the legal battle between TTFA and FIFA will take place, the staff members will be unable to take care of their families for an indefinite period.

There is another method that could work, but it would also cement the "colonial or protectorate" argument that they might not want to go down that road. But it would get the current coaches paid and allow cherry-picking of prioritizing debts in the short-term.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on April 27, 2020, 12:00:50 PM
Wallace wants to sign TTFA cheques
By Walter Alibey (T&T Guardian)


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He told Guardian Media Sports the situation is a workable one although FIFA can choose to wire the monies into Hadad's personal account if it did not want to use the signatories of the former executives. He noted that because it is unsure of how long the legal battle between TTFA and FIFA will take place, the staff members will be unable to take care of their families for an indefinite period.

That eh happening --- unless FIFA is determined to undermine its position.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: maxg on April 27, 2020, 12:01:43 PM
As per last paragraph, I wondered’what is to prevent NC from opening their own FIFA acct totally managed by them’ ? Fighting for an already cleared out account that other creditors still have an opportunity to freeze and clear out is almost nonsensical. Don’t see why Mr Wallace thinks FIFA will put money in his controlled account now, especially now, when the wouldn’t even consider it before.
Honestly given all the freezing and seizures, it’s a good thing they didn’t.
2nd question: can creditors freeze and seize the NC account since they are supposedly taking over TTFA business.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on April 27, 2020, 12:04:32 PM
Wallace wants to sign TTFA cheques
By Walter Alibey (T&T Guardian)


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The other signatory to the accounts is former general secretary Azaad Khan since new general secretary Ramesh Ramdhan did not officially receive the position as a signatory, following the United TTFA victory during the TTFA annual general meeting (AGM) on November 24, last year.

Well, dahis a considerable fumble.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on April 27, 2020, 12:15:09 PM
As per last paragraph, I wondered’what is to prevent NC from opening their own FIFA acct totally managed by them’ ? Fighting for an already cleared out account that other creditors still have an opportunity to freeze and clear out is almost nonsensical. Don’t see why Mr Wallace thinks FIFA will put money in his controlled account now, especially now, when the wouldn’t even consider it before.
Honestly given all the freezing and seizures, it’s a good thing they didn’t.
2nd question: can creditors freeze and seize the NC account since they are supposedly taking over TTFA business.

You raise pertinent questions. That deposit is certain to occupy the attention of eagle-eyed counsel for the cast of creditors (the ones with judgements) at the probable expense of those who are merely unpaid but have pursued no protest via recourse to the courts. It's another indication that FIFA has mucked up its batting order despite being eager to face the new ball.

Under a certain assessment another account could be established providing expedient formalities can be met. However, the view that the account was set up to reach creditors who are lower in priority (time-driven) or to thwart/frustrate existing judgements could emerge in a quickness. Maybe then Infantino might realize some consequences of 'in the fullness of time.'

There is another method that could work, but it would also cement the "colonial or protectorate" argument that they might not want to go down that road. But it would get the current coaches paid and allow for some cherry-picking of prioritizing debts in the short-term. That would be guaranteed to keep Lasana busy for weeks.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: maxg on April 27, 2020, 01:28:45 PM
 
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There is another method that could work, but it would also cement the "colonial or protectorate" argument that they might not want to go down that road. But it would get the current coaches paid and allow for some cherry-picking of prioritizing debts in the short-term. That would be guaranteed to keep Lasana busy for weeks.
What's that seeker ? Direct payments ? what ? Ah doh want no headache over all this assness. I can hardly figure out why I even bothering at this time.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on April 27, 2020, 03:18:11 PM
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There is another method that could work, but it would also cement the "colonial or protectorate" argument that they might not want to go down that road. But it would get the current coaches paid and allow for some cherry-picking of prioritizing debts in the short-term. That would be guaranteed to keep Lasana busy for weeks.
What's that seeker ? Direct payments ? what ? Ah doh want no headache over all this assness. I can hardly figure out why I even bothering at this time.

Other than direct payment. Log-in.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Tiresais on April 27, 2020, 06:57:31 PM
So FIFA's cabal appears to have taken over the twitter account and website now?
Title: FIFA seeks alternative banking measures away from FCB account
Post by: Tallman on April 28, 2020, 06:44:51 AM
FIFA seeks alternative banking measures away from FCB account
By Keith Clement (T&T Guardian)


To avoid a legal challenge in the local courts over the status of the T&T Football Association (TTFA) accounts, Guardian Media Sports has been reliably informed that the FIFA Normalisation Committee will be exploring other avenues where FIFA and CONCACAF can make funding accessible to it so the committee can carry out its responsibilities.

The source who spoke to us on Monday on the condition of anonymity said that apart from the current legal wrangle from former president William Wallace and his three vice-presidents Clynt Taylor, Sam Phillips and Susan Joseph-Warrick - regarding the TTFA accounts held at the First Citizens Bank (FCB), FIFA is also ensuring that future deposits into the said account are not at risk of any garnishee order.

The source added that while the main and urgent objective at hand is to pay outstanding salaries to the TTFA staff, it is also mindful of other relating expenses to football operations that must take place.

The staff of the TTFA has not been paid for March and April, and its general secretary Ramesh Ramdhan, who borrowed money to pay February salaries, also need to repay that debt soon.

Two weeks ago, Guardian Media Sports reported that the Normalisation Committee was seeking FIFA's assistance to ensure the salaries of the staff are being paid.

The source said that once the former president Wallace is a signatory to the FCB account of the TTFA then FIFA will not make any deposits to that account.

On Monday, Wallace sent a letter with the subject heading: Payment of salaries to staff.

The letter stated: "As you have no doubt heard, FIFA is now preparing to release funding to the TTFA that it has thus far refused to release before the purported appointment of the Normalisation Committee. For your peace of mind in these difficult times, I am writing to confirm that as soon as I am notified by the General Secretary and/or First Citizens Bank of the receipt of the monies from FIFA, I will take the necessary steps to ensure you are paid as owed."

When Guardian Media Sports contacted Robert Hadad, head of the FIFA Normalisation Committee on Monday he said, "I have no comment on the bank matter.

 "However, the use of the TTFA letterhead by the former president is an illegal act and the next time he uses it, the Normalisation Committee will take legal action. It is a fraud. However, we wish to make it abundantly clear that at present no other persons are authorised to act on behalf of the TTFA. We trust that good sense will prevail to prevent an escalation of this matter but we are nevertheless in discussions with our attorneys to determine the best way to prevent the continuance of such unauthorised action."

Wallace had sent a letter to Stuart Young (MP) and Minister of National Security on April 16 regarding the government's accepting the use of the Home of Football in Couva and "has apparently entered into discussions with the Normalisation Committee led by Mr Robert Hadad, who is purportedly appointed by FIFA. The Constitution of the TTFA places the responsibility for negotiating and entering into any contracts or agreements on the President of the TTFA, a post I have held since the 24th November 2019."

The Home of Football is being used by the government in its fight of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Hadad said, "Those two acts are illegal. Mr Wallace is not authorised to use any instruments of the TTFA as of March 17 and he's not authorised to sign cheques. In my opinion, his actions while he has challenging FIFA's decision is designed to keep back the football from moving forward in T&T."

FCB closes accounts matter until CAS rules

Meanwhile, FCB responded to a second legal letter from the lawyers of Wallace on the deadline set on April 23 to do so.

Kendall Alexander, representing FCB pointed to Matthew GW Gayle, that (ii) "FIFA has appointed a Normalisation Committee and there has arisen a question as to the entitlement to certain accounts. (iii) Having regard to the current dispute which could involve assets held on trust, the Bank proposes to maintain the status quo by neither transferring any signatories on nor disclosing details on the TTFA’s accounts until there is either a determination in the arbitration, or there is a Court Order compelling the Bank to disclose certain information or take certain steps.

"To avoid any uncertainty on the Bank’s position, please note that given the on-going dispute, the Bank shall not permit any party (neither the TTFA nor the Normalisation Committee) to operate the accounts until the matter is settled and/or determined as set out above."

FCB has also denied that the Bank has not (to date) “handed over control” of the accounts to any third party and has no intention of doing same as set out in item (iii) above.

Upon hearing the news that the FIFA and CONCACAF are about to release funding of various kinds to its Member Federations which includes T&T on Sunday, Wallace told Guardian Media Sports that he's willing to perform all his duties as TTFA president by signing off the cheques.

The former officers believe that by handing over the TTFA accounts to the Normalisation Committee is an act of surrendering their challenge. Wallace's role for the payment of workers is one of a signatory, once all documentation has been prepared and signed by TTFA finance manager Tyril Patrick.

The other signatory to the accounts is former general secretary Azaad Khan since new general secretary Ramdhan did not officially receive the position as a signatory, following the United TTFA victory during the TTFA annual general meeting (AGM) on November 24.

Wallace told Guardian Media Sports on Sunday that he is willing to be a signatory to the payment of staff but was not willing to give up his power of being a signatory or change his signatories on the TTFA accounts.

FIFA recently announced that it was handing over grants to its member associations, particularly those in need of help during the current COVID-19 pandemic environment. It also announced that a FIFA Relief Fund will also be accessible to vulnerable member associations.

This means the embattled football association is in line to receive US$1.2 million (an estimated TT$6.7million), plus a CONCACAF US$160,000 (an estimated TT$1,040,000) grant, as well as an unknown amount for the relief fund to the Normalisation Committee.

Wallace and his vice presidents Taylor, Phillips and Joseph-Warrick are challenging FIFA decision to remove them from office on March 17, and appointment of the Normalisation Committee on March 27 to run the affairs of T&T football, through the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland. 
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on April 28, 2020, 12:35:19 PM
Yuh see it maxg?
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Flex on April 28, 2020, 04:56:43 PM
FIFA's crude and ruthless attack on TTFA.
T&T Guardian Reports.


Dear Editor,

The familiar crude and ruthless attempt by FIFA to install a 'Normalisation Committee' should be seen by all as, ironically, an attempt to normalise FIFA's corrupt culture in the TTFA. There is nothing benevolent about this move. Certainly, if this were the case, FIFA would have done that even before the Williams regime. This is nothing short of FIFA saying and demonstrating, in its normal autocratic and iron-fisted way, that it must be their man of business running the show. This is the way FIFA has controlled and corrupted football internationally for years, and we should not believe that recent charges, arrests and convictions have changed this 'Corona' culture.

What else can explain the illogical move? After years of doing the tango with the only person

to have become wealthy off football in this country. and another who has brought the Association to its knees over four years, the democratically elected officials are being removed after a measly four months, ostensibly to install proper financial management. Every Association internationally, particularly in the Caribbean, every Trinidad and Tobago National, every club, every footballer must wise up that this is FIFA saying 'you voted for the wrong man' In this connection, what then is the purpose of the TTFA's constitution? How do we build a properly run and managed institution, comprising of officials who have campaigned and won the confidence of those whom they represent, that would get us out of this tiresome situation of the association being run by FIFA party hacks and self-seekers? Those being appointed on the Normalisation Committee should become aware, that with the best of intentions, they are being used by FIFA to ensure that its tentacles remain securely lodged within the TTFA, to attempt to proliferate its corrupt culture. What better example do we have than in this very situation?

This is FIFA's Modus Operandi. It has been well ingrained and prevalent in the TTFA as it has been at international level. Get your own in at all costs. Successful efforts to remove this practice are now being challenged by FIFA, which is now virtually saying, 'if you were not smart enough to elect the right people we shall do it for you'

Let me make it clear, that I am not saying that the previous incumbent was corrupt; neither did he inherit a healthy situation. And I dare say that he used his best efforts to improve the Association and football on the whole in this country, having given personally by his substantial contributions to club football. Also, it appears, and may well be, that the Home of Football was part of his grand plan, with FIFA's help, to bring the TTFA out of the financial and cultural morass that his predecessors left it in. It is in this regard that it should be clear to the casual onlooker that his and FIFA's grand plan may well have been frustrated by the election of the new executive; also, that Mr Williams had made headway into the FIFA hierarchy and was favoured to be their man on the ground.

None of this, however, can justify FIFA's highhandedness, having not acted for years in this manner with the TTFA reeling, to come and in so short a space of time remove those ultimately democratically elected by the clubs they represent and who are and will always be the lifeblood of the association.

Many persons of high rank in this country have bowed to FIFA under the notion that you just cannot beat them. It is either you in or you out, if you want your country to play international football. It is, therefore, necessary to 'work with them” for the sake of football. That things like these are small issues. Small issue, maybe, but a much bigger principle. That of how we run our institutions and encourage those who altruistically wish to contribute to participate. It is the failure to recognise this that resulted in an Association after so many years being bankrupt of solid administrative and financial capability driven by collaborative professionalism and a vision for football in the long term. So, we now really have two Homes of Football.

Brian Ghent
Mandarin Drive
Haleland Park, Maraval


Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Flex on April 28, 2020, 04:57:47 PM
TTFA Act of Parliament vs FIFA statutes.
By Keith Clement (Guardian).


Since FIFA's decision on March 17 to replace president William Wallace and his three vice-presidents Clynt Taylor, Susan Joseph-Warrick and Joseph Sam Phillip as the executive of the T&T Football Association (TTFA) with a normalisation committee, lawyers representing the quartet have stated that only the TTFA constitution can remove them from an elected office, which is bound by an Act of Parliament (The Act 17 of 1982 which be cited as The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (Incorporation) Act, 1982).

In a video statement on April 1, on the former executive's crowdsourcing "gofundme" page, Wallace maintained that he is still in charge of the TTFA, saying: “To be clear I remain president of TTFA based on our constitution… I can only be removed by the operation of the TTFA’s constitution, not by FIFA.”

Wallace's lawyers Matthew Gayle and Dr Emir Crowne have pointed to that fact in letters dated March 20, 2020, addressed to Tyril Patrick and another from Wallace himself on April 16 to Stuart Young (MP) and Minister of National Security of T&T.

However, the sub item 3 of the Act states that the objectives of the TTFA:

The aims and objects of the Association are: (a) to regulate and control the conduct of Football in Trinidad and Tobago (under the Federation Internationale de Football Association system) and to provide playing fields and conveniences in connection therewith;

Accordingly, Article 2 (e) objectives of the TTFA constitution states: (e) to respect and prevent any infringement of the statutes, regulations, directives, and decisions of FIFA, CONCACAF, CFU, and TTFA as well as the Laws of the Game, and to ensure that these are also respected by its Members;

Continuing, Act item 4 states: The affairs of the Association shall be managed by a General Council whose election powers and procedures shall be as prescribed in the Constitution and Rules of the Association.

Article 7 Conduct of Bodies and Officials of the TTFA Constitution states:  The bodies and Officials of TTFA must observe the statutes, regulations, directives, decisions, and the Code of Ethics of FIFA, CONCACAF, CFU and TTFA in their activities.

Attorney at Law Peter Taylor told Guardian Media Sports on Sunday, "So the Act 17 of 1982 effectively and formally clothed or incorporated the TTFA as a body corporate. An entity becomes a body corporate either by registering a company. So, for example, Happy Construction Limited becomes a body corporate with a legal personality by virtue of registering in accordance with the Companies Act and a minimum of two directors, a registered address, a secretary, etc.

"A body corporate can also be established, as in the case of the TTFA, by an Act of Parliament, hence we have Act 17 of 1982. So a body corporate is really any company or entity that has a distinct legal personality," said the former Minister of Legal Affairs.

"Any sporting body that receives government funding is answerable to the Parliament via its Line Minister, accounting officer, ie permanent secretary and/or the Sport Company and can be called to give an account of its stewardship."

He also pointed to items 4, 5 and 6 of the Act which speaks about the administration of the TTFA.

On Friday, businessman and former club owner Arthur Suite wrote in a daily newspaper: "Sorry, Mr William Wallace. I have tried very hard but have failed to come up with a reason that I can support your actions to oppose FIFA's appointment of a 'normalisation committee'.

"Your fight is not against FIFA but the state of the bankrupt TTFA that you inherited.

"Noting that the Act of Parliament granted the TTFA the right to regulate and control football in the country under FIFA, he argued that in so doing, it surrendered all the TTFA's rights to the world body."

Kenneth Butcher, a former Parliamentary Secretary for Sport in the NAR government in 1986 and a very active member in football, cricket and netball which is also enacted by an Act of Parliament, said that his understanding is that an Act of Parliament allows a sporting organisation to operate and function as a business entity and submit its annual audited financial statements to the Ministry of Sports for oversight.  

Alvin Corneal, a former national footballer player and coach, who served as a former member of the 1972 Commission of Inquiry of Cricket for T&T under the chairmanship of Justice Evan Reese said, "I am very sympathetic with William Wallace and the TTFA but the TTFA constitution gives FIFA a right to act. The question is... is it justified? That's the concern."  

On March 17, FIFA advised the TTFA that it is appointing a normalisation committee to take over the running of the heavily indebted association. However, despite protests from the executive, FIFA proceeded to name three members of the committee on March 27 including businessman Robert Hadad as the chairman, attorney Judy Daniel was named deputy chairman and retired banker Nigel Romano as a member.

In FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura's letter to TTFA general secretary Ramesh Ramdhan, she pointed to article 8 paragraph 2 of the FIFA statutes as it outlined FIFA's concerns about the financial status of the TTFA. FIFA said its fact-finding mission (February 25-27) found, among other concerns, that the “overall condition of financial management and financial governance extremely low or non-existent at the TTFA".

 FIFA stated there is a lack of documented policies and procedures, financial planning and management of statutory liabilities adding that there's no short or long-term plan to address the “urgent” situation as the current debt is US$5.5m (TT$37.4 million), the TTFA “faces a very real risk of both insolvency and illiquidity if corrective measures are not applied urgently.”

As such, the normalisation committee has been mandated to run the daily affairs of the TTFA, establish a debt repayment plan that is implementable by the TTFA as well as review and amend the TTFA statutes and ensure their compliance with FIFA statutes and requires before submitting them to the TTFA Congress for approval. The committee will also organise and conduct elections of a new TTFA executive for a four-year term.

Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Tallman on April 28, 2020, 08:17:35 PM
CAS starts process as bank denies Hadad, Wallace access to TTFA accounts
By Ian Prescott (T&T Express)


The Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has confirmed that a case brought by ousted executives of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association against the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is proceeding normally.

The Switzerland-based CAS was responding yesterday to a Trinidad Express enquiry on the state of the case.

“The arbitration procedure is in progress,” CAS stated. “The parties are exchanging written submissions and a panel of arbitrators is being constituted. Once appointed, the panel will issue directions with respect to the holding of a hearing.”

CAS also revealed that the TTFA executives’ appeal had been properly registered and would be placed on the case list once a likely three arbitrators are selected and a time for hearing has been established.

“This is to confirm that the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has registered an appeal filed by Trinidad and Tobago Football Association, William Wallace, Clynt Taylor, Joseph Sam Phillip and Susan Joseph-Warrick against FIFA.”

Wallace’s side-lined executive filed an appeal to CAS on Monday, April 6, objecting to FIFA’s intervention in T&T football. On March 17, FIFA appointed a normalisation committee headed by businessman Robert Hadad to run the Association’s day to day affairs and also to formulate a plan to clear its massive US$7m debt.

Going under the name “United TTFA”, Wallace’s executives are using a fan-funded online petition to fight FIFA. However, an on-line gofundme account has been standing at US$3,920 for nearly a month now, though United TTFA have raised the $1,000 Swiss francs needed to begin the legal process.

Representing the deposed TTFA executives are attorneys Matthew GW Gayle and Dr Emir Crowne of the Port of Spain-based New City Chambers.

Contacted yesterday, Gayle said no date had yet been set to proceed and that a deadline had not yet been reached when FIFA had to present the major points of its defence to the appellant.

“Your source is as up to date as mine,” Gayle stated.

Meanwhile, Gayle could also not say whether any legal proceedings would be pursued against First Citizens Bank, which has had withheld access to the TTFA’s accounts.

“I have to get direction,” Gayle said, directing enquiries to Wallace, who did not respond to telephone calls yesterday.

With US$1.25 million in FIFA funding coming to the TTFA this week, both the Hadad-led normalisation committee and Wallace’s side-lined executive are jostling for control of the Association’s accounts. First Citizens Bank will not hand over control of those accounts until either side provides a court order indicating that it is the legitimate entity in charge of such.

Through its legal representatives, the bank said through its attorney: “Having regard to the current dispute which could involve assets held on trust, the bank proposes to maintain the status quo by neither transferring any signatories nor disclosing details on the TTFA’s accounts until there is either a determination in the arbitration, or there is a court order compelling the bank to disclose certain information or take certain steps.

“To avoid any uncertainty on the bank’s position, please note that given the on-going dispute, the bank shall not permit any party—neither the TTFA nor the normalisation committee— to operate the accounts until the matter is settled and/or determined as set out above.”

The bank’s latest position will less affect the normalisation committee, which a source assures will get the FIFA money to pay salaries and run the association’s business. The source said the normalisation committee has no need for either the First Citizens account or Wallace. The normalisation committee will do its own banking, allowing for FIFA to deposit the money, which is a gift from the governing body and not a TTFA entitlement. 
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: maxg on April 29, 2020, 08:46:56 AM
And there you have it. In that case, fine. And now, Hart put NC in check . But is he paranging the wrong house ?
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on April 29, 2020, 09:59:07 AM
And there you have it. In that case, fine. And now, Hart put NC in check . But is he paranging the wrong house ?

Nah, he knocking on de right door.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: socalion on April 29, 2020, 11:38:27 AM
Well , well , well there it is ladies and gentlemen , Well boi that is bachannal ! Ah want to know what mister big shot appointee Robert Hadad have to say , now that mr Stephen hart has lay claims for his overdue monies owed to him !
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: maxg on April 29, 2020, 01:39:31 PM
And there you have it. In that case, fine. And now, Hart put NC in check . But is he paranging the wrong house ?

Nah, he knocking on de right door.
Yeah, but it might not be Christmas time there (all the gifts Fifa SUPPOSED to be sending). Might have been best to announce after funds arrived. No ? Now, it might just be. "Due to current situation, eveything on hold".
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on April 29, 2020, 03:14:15 PM
And there you have it. In that case, fine. And now, Hart put NC in check . But is he paranging the wrong house ?

Nah, he knocking on de right door.
Yeah, but it might not be Christmas time there (all the gifts Fifa SUPPOSED to be sending). Might have been best to announce after funds arrived. No ? Now, it might just be. "Due to current situation, eveything on hold".

Au contraire, the timing is favorable and opportune.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: maxg on April 29, 2020, 04:06:06 PM
And there you have it. In that case, fine. And now, Hart put NC in check . But is he paranging the wrong house ?

Nah, he knocking on de right door.
Yeah, but it might not be Christmas time there (all the gifts Fifa SUPPOSED to be sending). Might have been best to announce after funds arrived. No ? Now, it might just be. "Due to current situation, eveything on hold".

Au contraire, the timing is favorable and opportune.
Ok. Hoping a good result work out for everybody. I do mean everybody TT. (FA, NC, and all staff). The fiefdom always survives.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Tallman on April 29, 2020, 04:49:47 PM
Wallace to reconsider involvement in sport if association loses FIFA battle
CMC


Deposed president of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) William Wallace said Monday he would reconsider his involvement in the sport at the national level if he loses the court battle he is waging against football’s world governing body which replaced he and his team with a normalization committee last month.

Speaking on I95.5FM’s ISports radio show here, Wallace also made it clear he would not be giving any assistance to the committee which is headed by local businessman Robert Hadad.

In March, four months after TTFA’s elections, FIFA removed the executive because of what it said was financial mismanagement and appointed a normalization committee to take charge of operations. The TTFA has challenged the move at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Switzerland.

“If, at the end of the day, we go to the court and we are not successful at the court, at that point in time I would reconsider my position in terms of serving Trinidad and Tobago football. I would have to think about it – my continuing involvement in Trinidad and Tobago football at that level,” Wallace said, adding that he was unsure whether he would run for office again.

The former TTFA boss said that given the ongoing legal challenge, he would not be assisting the Hadad-led committee in carrying out its work.

When FIFA appointed the normalization committee, it said the body would have up to two years to carry out its work, during which time it would be mandated to create a debt repayment plan for the TTFA, review the local governing body’s statutes and ensure their adherence to FIFA regulations, and oversee new elections.

Wallace said that as far as he was aware, Hadad had been getting all the information he required.

He stressed, however, he would not be assisting in any way “at this point”.

“If I have a matter before the court, there is no way that I can…support anything that I am actually going up against. It just can’t work,” Wallace insisted.

“On one hand I’m saying it was wrong to set up a normalization committee, but on the other hand I’m helping the normalization committee in Trinidad and Tobago? That just wouldn’t make any sense, right?”

“It’s not a personal issue, it’s not a personal thing against Robert, or anybody as a matter of fact, and I will always support football, but we have a case and therefore we have to act the part,” Wallace added.

FIFA has insisted that its normalization committee remains the sole authority for football governance here.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: socalion on April 29, 2020, 06:08:39 PM
To be honest i can't speak for anyone else but as far as I am concern the manner in which all that has transpired thus far with Fifa's appointment of a normalisation committee is f$$ked up and outrageous to say the least ! Many of us want the best for trinbago football , but to support Fifa' s handling of the whole scenario is madness...... I can fully understand should mr Wallace by his choosing given all that's going on at the moment  , to simply walk away , but not without standing his ground against Fifa . I can only imagine his frustration at moment!  Mr Wallace yuh have my support all de way through just keeping real !
Title: FCB gets another deadline today with TTFA accounts
Post by: Tallman on April 29, 2020, 07:34:41 PM
FCB gets another deadline today with TTFA accounts
By Derek Achong (T&T Guardian)


The war of words between First Citizens Bank (FCB) and recent ousted executive members of the T&T Football Association (TTFA) over control of the organisation's bank account continued on Wednesday. 

The battle, which has thus far been fought via a series of strongly-worded legal letters sent between attorneys for both parties, resumed yesterday as attorney Matthew Gayle, who is representing former TTFA president William Wallace and his executive team, sent a letter to FCB's attorney Kendell Alexander, yesterday morning. 

In the letter, which was obtained by Guardian Media Sports, Gayle sought to respond to correspondence sent by Alexander on Monday (April 27). 

Gayle questioned Alexander's decision to mention the executive team's pending proceedings before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over FIFA's decision to oust them and replace them with a Normalisation Committee chaired by businessman Robert Hadad on March 17. 

In his letter, Alexander stated that the issue would be determined after the parties provide court documents over the resolution of the dispute between parties. 

Describing the claim as regrettable as it was allegedly made without any reliable information on the ongoing dispute, Gayle said: "All that is relevant, so far as the relationship between my client and yours, is that the TTFA has an established means of electing its Executive Officers, as well as an established means for those officers to demit office."

He maintained that his clients were lawfully elected on November 24, last year, and had not demitted office since. 

"Nowhere in my previous correspondence was there any express reference specifically to this body or the proceedings before CAS, which are confidential arbitral proceedings to which your client has no access to," Gayle said, as he accused the bank of attempting to be an informal arbiter between the parties.  

Stating that FCB should have established policies to determine who properly controls TTFA's accounts, Gayle stated that there was no basis to "legitimately surmise that there has been a change in the status quo". 

"Your client, therefore, would be in breach of its duties and obligations to my client should, as your letter tends to suggest, my client's executive be prevented in any way from accessing and operating the accounts in the name of my client," Gayle said, as he compared the situation to a hypothetical one involving allowing an unauthorised third party access. 

Gayle also noted that his clients did not have access to its online banking service as alleged by Alexander and requested that the facility be restored.  

Gayle gave the bank until 4 pm on Thursday to restore unfettered access to the accounts before he files a lawsuit on the issue. 

Guardian Media Sports reported on Monday that since the dispute arose, FIFA and CONCACAF were exploring options to provide funding to the committee to run the organisation while avoiding litigation. 

The source who spoke to us on Monday on the condition of anonymity said that apart from the current legal wrangle, FIFA is also seeking to ensure that future deposits into the said account are not at risk of any future garnishee order from the organisation's numerous creditors, as was done by former TTFA technical director Kendal Walkes on February 11 to recoup some of the over TT$5 million that is owed to him based on a court order in a wrongful dismissal lawsuit.
Title: Wallace defies legal threat uses TTFA letterhead
Post by: Tallman on April 29, 2020, 07:51:36 PM
Wallace defies legal threat uses TTFA letterhead
By Walter Alibey (T&T Guardian)


William Wallace, the ousted president of the T&T Football Association has disregarded a threat by FIFA's Normalisation Committee chairman Robert Hadad to not use the football association's letterhead, by issuing a release using the TTFA's letterhead in a responding to Hadad.

Afterwards, he told Guardian Media Sports he will continue to function in his capacity of president of the TTFA, noting his legal representative will deal with everything else.

Wallace and his vice presidents Clynt Taylor, Sam Phillips and Susan Joseph-Warrick were booted out of office on March 17, when the governing body for the sports globally FIFA decided to enforced Article 8.2 of its Statutes to appoint a normalisation committee on March 27 to manage local football.

Wallace and his team have since decided to challenge this through the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Lausanne Switzerland. on Wednesday in a letter, however, Wallace said the accusation by Hadad is unfortunate and untrue. According to the local football boss: "I have read in one daily newspaper a quote attributed to the spokesman for the purported Normalization Committee appointed to manage the affairs of the Association, which accuses the democratically elected officers of the TTFA of "fraud" This is both unfortunate and untrue."

"Having been elected following a democratic election, which incidentally was conducted under the supervision of FIFA and CONCACAF, we remain in charge of the Association and the only persons authorised to use the TTFA stationary. While the TTFA remains an affiliate of FIFA, it does not have the power to remove the democratically elected Executive and usurp the running of the TTFA by decree."

"Thus the use of the TTFA stationary etc by FIFA’s normalisation committee is and remains unauthorised. This matter is presently before the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Given the value that the TTFA places in the relationship with FIFA, we have chosen to submit to the jurisdiction of CAS. However, make no mistakes about it, unless and until CAS rules to the contrary, the duly elected executive remains in charge of TTFA. I, therefore, will continue to use the TTFA stationary, as necessary, to communicate with TTFA personnel and the general public."

The two parties (Wallace and Hadad) have also been embroiled in a legal battle for the use of the football association's accounts at First Citizens Bank, but the latter in a legal document on Monday denied both parties, saying it was unsure of whom had the right of ownership of the accounts. The bank, in a letter from its Attorney Kendell Alexander, said whoever wants access to the accounts must walk with a legal document as proof of ownership.

Its decision prompted an immediate response from Wallace through his attorney Matthew Gayle, who described the situation as regrettable.

But with the accounts needed for FIFA proposed injection of funds that represent its grants to member associations, as well as a Covid-19 Relief Funds, it is uncertain if Hadad would get it in time to pay office and technical staff salaries, among other things.

Hadad was last night expected to meet with members of the technical staff and it was expected that he was going to assure them salaries soon.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Flex on May 01, 2020, 08:35:22 AM
Wallace wants access to TTFA's bank accounts restored.
By Jada Loutoo (Newsday).


EMBATTLED TT Football Association (TTFA) president William Wallace and his executive have given the football body’s bankers, First Citizens Bank, until Thursday to restore their unfettered access to their accounts.

Attorneys for Wallace and his executive also want, by that date, for the bank “extricate itself from this most improper role” of appointing itself as “an informal arbiter” between them and the FIFA-appointed normalisation committee.

Attorney Mathew Gayle for the embattled TTFA executive wrote to the bank’s attorneys on Wednesday with the demands and threatened legal action if they do not respond.

Wallace and his team have been at loggerheads with the bank over its accounts.

Gayle said his clients have been unable to access the bank’s online facilities.

The executive was removed on March 17 by FIFA who in turn set up a normalisation committee due to mounting debts accumulated by the TTFA.

In a letter, on Monday, to the TTFA staff, Wallace wrote, “FIFA is now preparing to release funding to the TTFA that it has thus far refused to release prior to the purported appointment of the normalisation committee. “For your peace of mind in these difficult times, as soon as I am notified by the general secretary (Ramesh Ramdhan) and/or First Citizens of the receipt of the monies from FIFA, I will take the necessary steps to ensure you are paid as owed,” Wallace told staff.

Gayle, in his letter on Wednesday, told FCB’s attorneys it was regrettable that the bank has sought to insert itself in the ongoing dispute between Wallace and his team and FIFA.

He said the bank had “no legitimate or reliable source of the facts and progress of the dispute.”

“All that is relevant, so far as the relationship between my client and yours, is that the TTFA has an established means of electing its executive officers, as well as an established means for those officers to demit office,” he said, again pointing out that the executive was elected in November and have not demitted office.

Gayle said the bank ought to have established policies to decide who has proper control of the TTFA’s accounts.

He said there was no basis on which it could legitimately surmise that there has been a change in the status quo.

Gayle said the bank will be in breach of its duties and obligations to his client if the executive is prevented from accessing and operating the body’s accounts.

He also said the executive does not have full access to the TTFA’s bank account information. He also asked for bank statements and access to online banking facilities.

Gayle warned that the bank will be at fault if it fails to permit access to the accounts.

He said it appeared that the bank’s overriding concern was to protect itself from adverse publicity and not ensuring it maintained the fidelity and integrity of its relationship with the TTFA’s executive.

On Monday, businessman Robert Hadad, who was appointed chairman of the normalising committee, said Wallace and his executive had control of the bank account now and they will await the hearing of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Tallman on May 01, 2020, 11:56:38 AM
FIFA’s Safe Caribbean Home: ‘The Caribbean Is A Vote Farm For FIFA – They Don’t Care About Our Football’
By Louis Young (worldfootballindex.com)


In November 2019, the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) democratically elected William Wallace as president, replacing David John-Williams.

Following a fact-finding mission into the operations of the TTFA, just four months into Wallace’s term, FIFA announced their decision to impose a normalisation committee which would run the TTFA’S daily affairs.

“The mission found that extremely low overall financial management methods, combined with massive debt, have resulted in the TTFA facing a very real risk of insolvency and illiquidity,” said a FIFA statement.

“Such a situation is putting at risk the organisation and development of football in the country and corrective measures need to be applied urgently.”

One question directed towards FIFA following this action referred to their previous awareness of the TTFA’s financial woes, which have been public for many years. FIFA even froze the accounts of the previous administration, with David John-Williams as president, multiple times.

WFi‘s Louis Young spoke to Lasana Liburd who, along with other investigative journalists, co-authored the book Korruption im Sport which focused on the global phenomenon of corruption in sport.

Lasana is the founder and editor of Wired868 and has covered this story involving FIFA and the TTFA extensively.

Louis Young: Seeing as the financial woes of the TTFA have been public for a long time, why has FIFA suddenly taken the action to suspend a newly elected committee and impose a normalisation committee?

Lasana Liburd: “That would be a good question for Gianni Infantino, and it is for the FIFA bureau to answer really.

“It is true that the TTFA’s financial issues are not new at all. However, it is also true that the financial state the TTFA are in, is three times worse now due to the last administration that was run by David John-Williams, who voted for Infantino in 2016.

“You would say that the financial situation and the handling of the finances has been worse in the last administration, as opposed to this one which is only three months old.”

LY: Infantino and John-Williams had a lot of support from one another and had a fairly amicable relationship, is that right?

LL: “Yes, the relationship for those two dates back to when John-Williams became the first person from the Caribbean to announce support for Infantino.

“A week before the last TTFA election, Infantino was in Trinidad and announced John-Williams as his teammate and praised John-Williams for doing a great job, in his opinion, and asked Trinidad and Tobago to support John-Williams in the next election just a week later.”

LY: Do you feel FIFA has not approached this situation with the intentions of improving the football of the country?

LL: “Well, in the years before John-Williams was elected, Trinidad and Tobago went to two Gold Cup quarterfinals.

“The women’s national team came within a play-off match, away against Ecuador in 2014, from getting to the Women’s World Cup.

“There is no yardstick you can use that football in Trinidad and Tobago has improved in any way when every national team has gone backwards.

“When John-Williams was elected, we were 52nd in the World FIFA rankings and when he left, we were 106th.

“After he was elected, we set new records in every way, like longest period without scoring a goal, longest period without winning a match, longest losing streak…

“The only team we beat in 2019 was Anguilla, the worst-ranked team in football. So when people say that FIFA has not shown an interest in the football here, you’d have to agree. On the basis of these things here that would be the case.”

LY: The newly elected president, William Wallace, has signalled his intention to go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), claiming this intervention by FIFA was unlawful and unwarranted. Can you talk me through what part of this intervention he and other members of the board find unlawful and unwarranted?

LL: “Well if you look at the FIFA statutes, for a member association to be suspended or expelled they have to go through the entire membership, which is made up 210 FIFA member associates.

“Implementing a normalisation committee is effectively wiping out the board of a members association. Somehow the seven-person FIFA bureau can decide that themselves.

“To me this is a violation of the spirit of the FIFA constitution. The statutes mean that all 210 members should be involved in the suspension of a country’s membership. So why does this FIFA bureau have this right? The clause is extremely broad regarding stepping into a country’s membership, so it allows them to step in almost at will, as long as Infantino can get three people around the table that agree with him.

“This is something other member associations and the world of football should look at, because this is too much power for Infantino to have.”

LY: From your perspective, and your own research on this topic, does the question become less about the financial operations of the TTFA, and more about the actions of Infantino? To what degree have Infantino’s actions in this situation crossed a line where it looks like a personal act against the TTFA?

LL: “CONCACAF has 35 member nations. That means 35 votes in FIFA. The Caribbean has 25 votes out of the 35 so we are by far the majority in CONCACAF.

“South America has less than half votes with only 10. The Caribbean itself has 25. Politically, we have seen the importance of the Caribbean to FIFA under Sepp Blatter, Joao Havelange, and so on.

“I believe that FIFA’s interest in the Caribbean is all that it has ever been. Votes. That is it. The Caribbean is a vote farm for FIFA and nothing more. They don’t care about football in the Caribbean, they never did. And certainly not under Infantino. That is why he would praise the work of a president of whose team is doing worse than it ever has in its history.

“I believe that when Infantino looks at the Caribbean, with a personal attachment one way or the other, I think that the relationship is strictly geopolitical. Votes.

“I think that the rest of the world looking at FIFA’s action here need to ask what exactly they want FIFA to be. We have seen FIFA’s image over the years and the cost of it.

“Do they want FIFA to treat a vital part in the world like Trinidad and Tobago like this, or do they want to focus on improving [the] sport?”

LY: Is part of the question regarding Infantino’s clear disrespect and lack of interest in progressing the football in the Caribbean, and specifically Trinidad and Tobago, related to the ‘Home of Football‘ FIFA wanted to build in Trinidad?

LL: “Well, the Home of Football is finished. It was Infantino who opened it. It is totally useless.

“It isn’t properly comforted or heated. It isn’t even properly insured. Infantino and [FIFA Vice-President Victor] Montagliani were posing on beds there, but right now it’s a sham and a joke.

“But going back to Infantino, as a journalist, I cannot be sanctioned for simply speaking my mind. When Blatter felt there was talk all over the world about the way he was able to run the body by giving large quantitates of money to member associations, that seemed like something that needed to be looked at.

“When Infantino was elected, he tripled the money that went to member associations without a clear oversight of what they did [with it]. I think this is most evident with Trinidad and Tobago, where the money has been spent, debt soared, but the team has not performed to the way they should. Yet he was happy with what was happening.

“I think one of the first things that Infantino did as president was close down the committee in charge of anti-racism. So in my personal view, there is a lot that Infantino needs to take account for in regards to his actions.

“Just look at the situation with Trinidad and Tobago and ask yourself the question: ‘Is Infantino the man to clean up football?’ It is Trinidad and Tobago today but it could be anyone tomorrow.”

LY: William Wallace has spoken about going to the CAS. How successful do you think Trinidad and Tobago could be in their appeal to revoke the decision?

LL: “Well I believe CAS is always weighted more towards governing sport bodies than individual teams, athletes, and member associations.

“Also, the FIFA statutes allow these far-reaching powers in the FIFA bureau to decide where a normalization committee goes. So I would say FIFA have the advantage, but it is certainly not impossible.

“Essentially, I don’t think Trinidad and Tobago can win this without the support of other member associations.

“Football does not belong to Infantino; it doesn’t belong to the seven people in the FIFA bureau, or the four people who voted against Trinidad and Tobago. It belongs to all member associations. And if people see this injustice in the same way as I do, then they need to go to Infantino and ask him what he is doing in the name of FIFA. Is this behaviour something the world wants to see continue?

“The least I would say is, let the 210 members decide whether Trinidad and Tobago’s election last November should stand or not.”



One significant conclusion to take from this situation is the power that has been displayed by FIFA, as well as the clear geopolitical investment Infantino has, specifically in the Caribbean region of CONCACAF.

As Lasana Liburd states, as long as Infantino can get three people around the table at the FIFA bureau to agree with him then, the FIFA statutes, as they are currently written, allow him to step into any member association he wants.

By implementing a normalization committee, FIFA have essentially signalled that they can remove an entire member association, manage their daily operations, and conduct new elections for them, without even consulting the 210 members.

We have to look at this action by Infantino and other member associations have to ask themselves; is Infantino the right man to clean up football?

Moreover, is this the sort of behaviour that we should just expect from the most powerful man in football governance?
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: gawd on pitch on May 01, 2020, 12:39:38 PM
I think Wallace will win this case. Simple logic will tell you why.

If FIFA can at least prove that Wallace and his team somehow broke campaigning/election rules, then they are justified. They can use the recent financial history to further justify their takeover of the TTFA.

BUT

The CSA is not going to rule out a newly democratically elected administration because of the previous administrations poor financial decisions. This sets a DANGEROUS precedence.

Look at it through this lens:

If the government of a developing nation inherited debt from the previous government, will the IMF rule out the results of the election and takeover the government of the developing nation in question? Simple answer, NO. However, the IMF might push the government to implement austerity measures. I believe that's the most FIFA can do to the TTFA. They can use their funding as a tool to make the TTFA introduce austerity measures.

So FIFA is not going to get the CSA to side with them. As I said, doing so will be a DANGEROUS PRECEDENCE. The CSA will not want to be haunted by this.

Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Cocorite on May 01, 2020, 08:21:47 PM
Good points gop

  William Wallace will win this if he doesn’t give up. Even if the decision is in favor of FIFA, Wallace’s difficult decision to take on that corrupt regime has already brought a spotlight on the shady dealings of Infantino and his bedmates.
  The folly of Barbados and other CFU FA’s to fall on their swords is that they don’t consider today is T&T, tomorrow is Barbados. They too easily accept crumbs, and slavery than to hold their heads up high and live with their dignity.
  They fail to understand that they will always be thought of and treated as an afterthought. They are also empowering FIFA and signaling to them that we weren’t even stand up with our brothers and fight for ALL our footballing lives.
  When will we as a people know our worth. As a block in the CFU we are a voting force. We need to unite and leverage our power to help the region. But you have to know your value. . .and I am not only talking votes, more importantly their inherent worth as persons made in God’s very image.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: theworm2345 on May 01, 2020, 09:10:08 PM
Good points gop

  William Wallace will win this if he doesn’t give up. Even if the decision is in favor of FIFA, Wallace’s difficult decision to take on that corrupt regime has already brought a spotlight on the shady dealings of Infantino and his bedmates.
  The folly of Barbados and other CFU FA’s to fall on their swords is that they don’t consider today is T&T, tomorrow is Barbados. They too easily accept crumbs, and slavery than to hold their heads up high and live with their dignity.
  They fail to understand that they will always be thought of and treated as an afterthought. They are also empowering FIFA and signaling to them that we weren’t even stand up with our brothers and fight for ALL our footballing lives.

  When will we as a people know our worth. As a block in the CFU we are a voting force. We need to unite and leverage our power to help the region. But you have to know your value. . .and I am not only talking votes, more importantly their inherent worth as persons made in God’s very image.

I disagree with these points.  FA heads throughout the region have been happy to maintain the status quo for years because they get a good salary and trips to FIFA and Concacaf congresses around the world.  Any progress or change is considered a threat to that position.  FIFA keeps supplying the money, and in return Infantino, Blatter, Montagliani, etc. continue to get votes from the region.  The moment the new TTFA started showing some initiative, pushing for progress (or even just basic accountability and transparency), FIFA dealt with them.  The failure of the other FAs in the region to stand up and be counted has nothing to do with ignorance or failure to understand that they might be next -- it simply comes down to looking after their own interests.

From everything I have read, it is not just FAs across the region either, there are plenty of Trinbagonians who are all-too-happy to bend over and accept FIFA's decision, whether it is right or wrong.

I'm not going defend Jack, but he did do some positive things for the region in that the Caribbean had an immense power by his adding so many new FIFA members. Sadly they have pissed it away since the CFU was essentially dissolved.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: pull stones on May 02, 2020, 04:20:40 AM
Good points gop

  William Wallace will win this if he doesn’t give up. Even if the decision is in favor of FIFA, Wallace’s difficult decision to take on that corrupt regime has already brought a spotlight on the shady dealings of Infantino and his bedmates.
  The folly of Barbados and other CFU FA’s to fall on their swords is that they don’t consider today is T&T, tomorrow is Barbados. They too easily accept crumbs, and slavery than to hold their heads up high and live with their dignity.
  They fail to understand that they will always be thought of and treated as an afterthought. They are also empowering FIFA and signaling to them that we weren’t even stand up with our brothers and fight for ALL our footballing lives.

  When will we as a people know our worth. As a block in the CFU we are a voting force. We need to unite and leverage our power to help the region. But you have to know your value. . .and I am not only talking votes, more importantly their inherent worth as persons made in God’s very image.

I disagree with these points.  FA heads throughout the region have been happy to maintain the status quo for years because they get a good salary and trips to FIFA and Concacaf congresses around the world.  Any progress or change is considered a threat to that position.  FIFA keeps supplying the money, and in return Infantino, Blatter, Montagliani, etc. continue to get votes from the region.  The moment the new TTFA started showing some initiative, pushing for progress (or even just basic accountability and transparency), FIFA dealt with them.  The failure of the other FAs in the region to stand up and be counted has nothing to do with ignorance or failure to understand that they might be next -- it simply comes down to looking after their own interests.

From everything I have read, it is not just FAs across the region either, there are plenty of Trinbagonians who are all-too-happy to bend over and accept FIFA's decision, whether it is right or wrong.

I'm not going defend Jack, but he did do some positive things for the region in that the Caribbean had an immense power by his adding so many new FIFA members. Sadly they have pissed it away since the CFU was essentially dissolved.
forget about it, Trinidad and Tobago has the most FIFA kiss asses for decades, they were the ones who towed the line with the absolute the worst and frightenly worthless federation president this side of the Mississippi in Oliver camps.

they supported this jack warner installed puppet for almost 20 years and had it not been for the toppling of that whole syndicate masquerading as world football administrators, jack warner would still have a stranglehold on football in trinidad and tobago.

go back to the beginning of this thread and see all the former players and coaches who’s in support of the normalization committee. from Dwight york and russel latapy to hanibal najar and brian williams has all given their approval to this obvious FIFA coup d’etat, so feel free to insult these hungry unscrupulous trinis in football, I don’t think any of us here would be in the least offended, not even a smidgen.

 those clowns who have any say in football in trinidad has always been the biggest impediment to the advancement of the sport, that is why we’ve been starving for success for the past two generations. bunch of worthless talking puppets.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on May 02, 2020, 06:42:34 AM
I think Wallace will win this case. Simple logic will tell you why.

If FIFA can at least prove that Wallace and his team somehow broke campaigning/election rules, then they are justified. They can use the recent financial history to further justify their takeover of the TTFA.

BUT

The CSA is not going to rule out a newly democratically elected administration because of the previous administrations poor financial decisions. This sets a DANGEROUS precedence.

Look at it through this lens:

If the government of a developing nation inherited debt from the previous government, will the IMF rule out the results of the election and takeover the government of the developing nation in question? Simple answer, NO. However, the IMF might push the government to implement austerity measures. I believe that's the most FIFA can do to the TTFA. They can use their funding as a tool to make the TTFA introduce austerity measures.

So FIFA is not going to get the CSA to side with them. As I said, doing so will be a DANGEROUS PRECEDENCE. The CSA will not want to be haunted by this.



The application of simple logic didn't lead the TTFA to the circumstances that have resulted in pursuing process with CAS and the application of merely simple logic won't extricate the TTFA from this mess. And, it won't be the absolute standard applied in arbitration.

Nevertheless, there is not a scintilla of doubt regarding the integrity of the electoral process from which the TTFA executive  emerged in November 2019. The representation made regarding FIFA defending normalization on the basis of electoral misconduct has no proper place in the conversation.

Not only is there a process particular to rectifying defciencies in a member association election that does not rise to the institution of normalization ... but the legitimacy of the TTFA executive is not what this issue is about.

I don't accept that the IMF comparison is a proper comparison although I acknowledge that it is a tempting comparison based on the leveraging of authority perceived to be imposed on members by both entities.

The NC is FIFA's "austerity measure" and proposed prosperity measure. If I acquiesce in the comparison I would posit that FIFA is more authoritarian than the IMF vis-a-vis their respective constituencies.

What you're possibly suggesting is that the IMF is more draconian. Although both organizations reflect hub and spoke characteristics, they are not the same vehicle.

I differ with you.  In my view the CAS conclusion will be rendered on narrow grounds rather than on broad considerations. Narrow grounds require treatment with layered sophistication. Let me add: this is the most important case for us but it isn't on the face/yet the most important submission for all federations. Not foreseeing a Bosman moment here.  Again, narrow vs broad.
Title: Why bother TTFA? It's time
Post by: Tallman on May 02, 2020, 08:50:58 AM
Why bother TTFA? It's time
T&T Express


I'VE looked at the administrative and performance issues of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) that have come to my attention through the media since the Germany World Cup where T& T qualified as finalists in 2006. From then to now it seems to be an endless cycle of controversial and contestable issues, lawsuits, claims, accusations of bias and highhandedness, awards to consultants, coaches and officials of all sorts.

There have been issues surrounding breaches of contract, default, performance negligence, you name it. It seems the TTFA contracts and then changes its intentions, goes into agreements and has no contingencies for relief or even escape, when administrators change their minds run into unanticipated obstacles.

This has been the backdrop and landscape for football administration in the country. There is never money to do what needs to be done; and with the money that becomes available, there is little accountability or transparency.

Now we hear FIFA is fed up and is using its veto power, so to speak, to wrest control from the TTFA. Lo and behold, everyone is shocked and outraged as to why this is happening, and questioning whether FIFA has the right. Just the posing of this question, in my mind, is proof enough of the validity for the said action.

If, after all that has transpired over the years, you cannot see why there is opposition by FIFA, then it means we actually lacked the understanding, ethics decency that would have warranted us taking on the job of managing the association in the first place. Everyone can see the TTFA has done a bad job so far.

Now it's about saving the reputation of football administration in T& T, and who best to do so than the global association?

Granted, FIFA has come under question the past. But, having done its own housekeeping, isn't it reasonable that FIFA now extends it to subordinate associations as well? There is a side wind blowing; the story that it's a case of one old T& T administration trying to undermine the new one. As true as that may be, it does not mitigate the fact that the time has come for radical action, and the incidence of whichever administration is in power does not remove this need for change.

Too bad it had to happen at this time of administrative change.

Come on, guys, whether it was on your watch or not, a lot has transpired and it's no good continuing to flog a dead horse, pretending there is no problem.

It's the 21st century. Financial integrity and reporting standards govern how things are done. Give the global boss and custodian of the sport a chance to do what it can at this dark hour and please step aside.

Don't drag T& T down to a dogfight for a supremacy we hardly have earned over the years, and very probably no longer deserve.

John Thompson
St James
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Cocorite on May 02, 2020, 08:54:18 AM
Good points gop

  William Wallace will win this if he doesn’t give up. Even if the decision is in favor of FIFA, Wallace’s difficult decision to take on that corrupt regime has already brought a spotlight on the shady dealings of Infantino and his bedmates.
  The folly of Barbados and other CFU FA’s to fall on their swords is that they don’t consider today is T&T, tomorrow is Barbados. They too easily accept crumbs, and slavery than to hold their heads up high and live with their dignity.
  They fail to understand that they will always be thought of and treated as an afterthought. They are also empowering FIFA and signaling to them that we weren’t even stand up with our brothers and fight for ALL our footballing lives.

  When will we as a people know our worth. As a block in the CFU we are a voting force. We need to unite and leverage our power to help the region. But you have to know your value. . .and I am not only talking votes, more importantly their inherent worth as persons made in God’s very image.

I disagree with these points.  FA heads throughout the region have been happy to maintain the status quo for years because they get a good salary and trips to FIFA and Concacaf congresses around the world.  Any progress or change is considered a threat to that position.  FIFA keeps supplying the money, and in return Infantino, Blatter, Montagliani, etc. continue to get votes from the region.  The moment the new TTFA started showing some initiative, pushing for progress (or even just basic accountability and transparency), FIFA dealt with them.  The failure of the other FAs in the region to stand up and be counted has nothing to do with ignorance or failure to understand that they might be next -- it simply comes down to looking after their own interests.

From everything I have read, it is not just FAs across the region either, there are plenty of Trinbagonians who are all-too-happy to bend over and accept FIFA's decision, whether it is right or wrong.

I'm not going defend Jack, but he did do some positive things for the region in that the Caribbean had an immense power by his adding so many new FIFA members. Sadly they have pissed it away since the CFU was essentially dissolved.

Yes lots of Trinidadians and Tobagonians are likewise spineless. The problem is certainly widespread. But majority opinion has never been the litmus test for truth or prudence even though many simply succumb to the pressure of the popular. Colonialism has had a thorough and blanketing effect on its subjects. I however, will choose freedom every time. No other man is going to dominate me. You'all may disagree all you want, but Infantino and his cronies are throwing around their weight because they believe they can easily do as they please with us. And they have too many victims welcoming it without even a fight. Allyuh mad a wot!  ::)
Title: Nakhid: FIFA acted like a bully
Post by: Tallman on May 02, 2020, 09:21:25 AM
Nakhid: FIFA acted like a bully
By Jelani Beckles (T&T Newsday)


FORMER national football captain David Nakhid said FIFA acted in a “bullying fashion,” in its decision to take over the running of the T&T Football Association (TTFA), saying the former TTFA executive has every right to challenge that decision.

Nakhid was speaking to the media before he distributed hampers to needy families in his hometown of Mt D’or, Champs Fleurs to help battle the covid19 pandemic.

He said, “It is a complex situation. I think the right of principle is with the former administration, the Wallace slate. The dilemma is if that situation, whether the right is with them, is going to serve the national interest of T&T. I would like to think that as a matter of principle they have a right to fight the case, I believe that they do.”

On March 17, FIFA made the decision to disband the TTFA executive led by former president William Wallace.

FIFA and CONCACAF found that TTFA was not in a position to run football effectively in a fact-finding mission and decided to break up the TTFA hierarchy and form a normalisation committee to take over. Among the reasons FIFA gave to break up the TTFA was the massive debt facing local football, which is said to be $50 million.

Wallace was only voted into office in November, 2019 and inherited the debt from the previous administration, led by David John-Williams.

Local businessman Robert Hadad was chosen as the chairperson of the normalisation committee, after former TTFA finance manager Tyril Patrick declined the offer.

FIFA said the mandate of the normalisation committee will include establishing a debt repayment plan that is implementable by the TTFA.

The normalisation committee’s job will end when the assigned tasks are complete, but it would not last more than 24 months.

In early April, the former Wallace-led executive decided to fight the decision by FIFA to appoint the normalisation committee by filing an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Nakhid, who unsuccessfully campaigned to become FIFA president five years ago, said the move by the world governing body for football was an aggressive one. “We are looking at a situation where FIFA, who with their high-handed manner…did move in a bullying fashion (and) can hold T&T to ransom. They can ban national teams and I think that is something that we need to look at. I hope they (TTFA) go the distance (in fighting the matter), but I don’t think they can. I think FIFA in the end will prevail.”

Asked whether he thinks TTFA and FIFA could have attempted to meet halfway on the issue, Nakhid said, “I would have liked them to have met halfway before. I would have liked the Wallace administration to have reconciled with the John-Williams (administration) and found a way that FIFA did not have to intervene.”
 
Title: Appetite to fight
Post by: Tallman on May 03, 2020, 05:02:39 PM
Appetite to fight
By Fazeer Mohammed (T&T Express)


What is the point of engaging in a fight you are likely to lose? And if—miracle of miracles—you do win, the consequences could be so devastating to the interests you claim to represent that the victory won’t feel like a crushing defeat?

Principle. Yes, its that simple: principle.

Time and the unfolding of the matter between the deposed Trinidad and Tobago Football Association administration and FIFA will confirm whether or not William Wallace and company are taking on the world’s most powerful single sporting organisation on the basis of the rights and wrongs of the installation of a normalisation committee or if it is also tied in with ego and not wanting to be seen to be brushed aside without offering some sort of resistance.

Many of us may think it is noble to fight on principle. It sounds honourable, even heroic to do so. But there are clearly many prominent and influential voices in the national game who believe it is a pointless effort and that the welfare of the game here would be best served if the local combatants put their tails between their legs (can’t imagine Keith Look Loy ever doing that) and contest the elections again in a couple years when they could be back at the helm with the $50 million debt wiped off, money in the bank and in the good graces of the sport’s rulers in Zurich.

Even the one or two inclined to publicly support the executive which was only elected last November 24—obviously the timing of this normalisation action cannot be coincidental—appear to concede that it is well nigh impossible to get the better of FIFA, especially as taking them to court could result in the nation being banned from all international competition.

Who wants the responsibility of looking into the eyes of young men and women, who hold dreams of footballing glory deep in their hearts, and tell them they will have to be the sacrificial lambs in this fight, and that the price they are likely to pay regarding their own careers is small compared to going down in history as playing a part in transforming the global governance of the world’s most popular sport for the better?

Essentially, this is the dilemma we all face. Do you stand your ground because you are convinced of the correctness and moral superiority of your perspective and therefore take the blows which come with such action, or do you compromise because the repercussions of a principled stand are far too great?

It’s like the usual discourse which takes place around here and is especially relevant now, given the possibility of T&T gasoline ending up in Venezuela via Aruba, when it comes to the United States’ dominance—ideologically, economically and if necessary, militarily—of our region.

However entertaining and newsworthy the theatre provided by our politicians may be, there is also the significant issue, which is topical 50 years after the events of early 1970, as to whether or not we really value ourselves as an independent people and a constitutional republic willing to chart our own course, even if it means ruffling the feathers of the bald eagle whose wingspan covers almost this entire hemisphere.

Of course the short answer to that is “No.” Economic isolation, with all its attendant social consequences, is not something we can cope with, certainly not with our already weakened financial state further debilitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. But even before the dollars and cents considerations, our hearts and minds already belong to the good people headquartered on Marli Street because most of us cannot comprehend life without access to the lifestyle and entertainment as promoted by our great godfather to the north.

Football by contrast is only a game, but it is a game which means a lot to many people who, whether as spectator, player or sponsor, will not want to see it suffer in any significant way just because slighted administrators feel they must get justice. You could argue that the game has been suffering anyway with all the issues since that high point of the historic World Cup finals appearance in Germany in 2006. But internal bacchanal is one thing. Being blacklisted by FIFA is a different matter entirely.

So let’s see what happens at the first hurdle with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (we await the date of a hearing) and if all this speculation about having the stomach for a real fight is rendered irrelevant.

Oh, as for those fixated on the antics of West Indies cricketers with too much time on their hands, the Jamaica Observer newspaper dealt with it best in its editorial last Saturday when it said Chris Gayle “showed himself to be manifestly immature.”

This arrant foolishness needs no more oxygen.
Title: TTFA staff appeals to Wallace to show human side
Post by: Tallman on May 03, 2020, 05:16:50 PM
TTFA staff appeals to Wallace to show human side
T&T Guardian


As the battle for T&T Football Association (TTFA) accounts between former president William Wallace and Robert Hadad, the chairman of FIFA's Normalisation committee rages on, the staff members at the TTFA has written to its former president William Wallace in their plight to be paid.

While Wallace's lawyer Matthew Gayle awaits a third response from First Citizens Bank (FCB) to allow his client access to the TTFA accounts, the 15 workers at the organisation send an unsigned letter to the former president.

According to a source close to the latest development who spoke to Guardian Media Sports on the condition of anonymity said, "The workers did not want to sign the letter for fear of victimization. The source said the workers are very frustrated because they are caught in the middle of this feud and they believe that's it's unfair to them."

In the letter as seen by Guardian Media Sports, the TTFA staff wrote, "With the utmost of respect, the staff of the General Secretariat of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association has found it necessary at this time write to you to share our opinion on the current situation. We would like to start by highlighting that there now exists an urgent and stressful situation that has been thrust upon the staff due to the nonpayment of salaries for a second consecutive month."

It continued, "Please note that this is not an attempt for us to make any sort of political statement or take sides in the ongoing dispute between yourself and the Normalization Committee however the situation as it is now, affects us greatly and directly and we have never been granted the privilege of being solicited for an opinion. We would highlight that there are two separate dimensions to this scenario that one must take into consideration. They are the human side and the professional side."

When contacted about the letter Ramesh Ramdhan, the general secretary of the TTFA on Sunday he told Guardian Media Sports that he received the letter but don't entertain anonymous letters, while Wallace said he didn't receive it.

The workers outlined seven points of concern to them:

*that today May 2nd is the beginning of a 3rd month that the administrative staff has not received salaries.

*This also affects technical staff members some that have not been paid as much as 6 months

*TTFA full-time staff are currently employed and do not qualify for any of the government assistance programs and therefore while other members of the general public do have an opportunity to access assistance we do not.

*Members of staff have also been refused assistance through NIS because of nonpayment of statutory deductions

*If control of the TTFA accounts is taken before the courts to be settled, staff members will have to endure extreme hardship because of the extended time we will have to go without a means to be paid.

*Members of staff have already begun to get calls from creditors

*There are members of staff who are the sole breadwinner in their household

The workers who have been home since March 15 when the TTFA closed its office because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic which has affected T&T and the global community added that "While our general knowledge of the overall situation is mostly restricted to what is published in the media, It is our opinion that the administration and technical departments of the TTFA are made up of technical officers who are competent professional in their various fields, who should be allowed to do their jobs in the interest of football. That being said we would like to highlight the current professional /administrative conundrum that the staff is facing."

The battle, which has thus far been fought via a series of strongly-worded legal letters sent between attorneys for both parties, resumed on Thursday with gale giving FCB until Friday to respond.

In February, the office staff was not paid by the TTFA which was still led by Wallace and the general secretary Ramesh Ramdhan told Guardian Media Sports that he borrowed money to pay staff. However, since FIFA removed Wallace and his three vice presidents — Clynt Taylor, Joseph Sam Phillips and Susan Joseph-Warrick on March 17, the staff has not been paid for March and April.

Last month FIFA announced that it was handing over grants to its member associations, particularly those in need of help during the current COVID-19 pandemic environment. It also announced that a FIFA Relief Fund will also be accessible to vulnerable member associations.

This means the embattled football association is in line to receive US$1.2 million (an estimated TT$6.7million), plus a CONCACAF US$160,000 (an estimated TT$1,040,000) grant, as well as an unknown amount for the relief fund to the Normalisation Committee.

However, it was following this announcement by FIFA that a battle commenced for the TTFA accounts on April 17.

The four officers have since appealed FIFA's decision to remove them for office to the Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Title: Re: Appetite to fight
Post by: pull stones on May 04, 2020, 04:41:17 AM
Appetite to fight
By Fazeer Mohammed (T&T Express)


What is the point of engaging in a fight you are likely to lose? And if—miracle of miracles—you do win, the consequences could be so devastating to the interests you claim to represent that the victory won’t feel like a crushing defeat?

Principle. Yes, its that simple: principle.

Time and the unfolding of the matter between the deposed Trinidad and Tobago Football Association administration and FIFA will confirm whether or not William Wallace and company are taking on the world’s most powerful single sporting organisation on the basis of the rights and wrongs of the installation of a normalisation committee or if it is also tied in with ego and not wanting to be seen to be brushed aside without offering some sort of resistance.

Many of us may think it is noble to fight on principle. It sounds honourable, even heroic to do so. But there are clearly many prominent and influential voices in the national game who believe it is a pointless effort and that the welfare of the game here would be best served if the local combatants put their tails between their legs (can’t imagine Keith Look Loy ever doing that) and contest the elections again in a couple years when they could be back at the helm with the $50 million debt wiped off, money in the bank and in the good graces of the sport’s rulers in Zurich.

Even the one or two inclined to publicly support the executive which was only elected last November 24—obviously the timing of this normalisation action cannot be coincidental—appear to concede that it is well nigh impossible to get the better of FIFA, especially as taking them to court could result in the nation being banned from all international competition.

Who wants the responsibility of looking into the eyes of young men and women, who hold dreams of footballing glory deep in their hearts, and tell them they will have to be the sacrificial lambs in this fight, and that the price they are likely to pay regarding their own careers is small compared to going down in history as playing a part in transforming the global governance of the world’s most popular sport for the better?

Essentially, this is the dilemma we all face. Do you stand your ground because you are convinced of the correctness and moral superiority of your perspective and therefore take the blows which come with such action, or do you compromise because the repercussions of a principled stand are far too great?

It’s like the usual discourse which takes place around here and is especially relevant now, given the possibility of T&T gasoline ending up in Venezuela via Aruba, when it comes to the United States’ dominance—ideologically, economically and if necessary, militarily—of our region.

However entertaining and newsworthy the theatre provided by our politicians may be, there is also the significant issue, which is topical 50 years after the events of early 1970, as to whether or not we really value ourselves as an independent people and a constitutional republic willing to chart our own course, even if it means ruffling the feathers of the bald eagle whose wingspan covers almost this entire hemisphere.

Of course the short answer to that is “No.” Economic isolation, with all its attendant social consequences, is not something we can cope with, certainly not with our already weakened financial state further debilitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. But even before the dollars and cents considerations, our hearts and minds already belong to the good people headquartered on Marli Street because most of us cannot comprehend life without access to the lifestyle and entertainment as promoted by our great godfather to the north.

Football by contrast is only a game, but it is a game which means a lot to many people who, whether as spectator, player or sponsor, will not want to see it suffer in any significant way just because slighted administrators feel they must get justice. You could argue that the game has been suffering anyway with all the issues since that high point of the historic World Cup finals appearance in Germany in 2006. But internal bacchanal is one thing. Being blacklisted by FIFA is a different matter entirely.

So let’s see what happens at the first hurdle with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (we await the date of a hearing) and if all this speculation about having the stomach for a real fight is rendered irrelevant.

Oh, as for those fixated on the antics of West Indies cricketers with too much time on their hands, the Jamaica Observer newspaper dealt with it best in its editorial last Saturday when it said Chris Gayle “showed himself to be manifestly immature.”

This arrant foolishness needs no more oxygen.
this article wreaks with negativity at best. I’m puzzled as to why he even bothered to write anything when everything he touched on was terribly redundant, and has offered nothing new that we haven’t already heard a thousand times over.

there was a time when emperor jack was governing football in TT like he somehow had an inherent right to treat the sport like it was his own personal board game, yet no dogs barked except liburd. this feezer bloke wrote a few articles but played it safe, same with the DJW era, those guys gave him a huge pass, and it was only until his mismanagement became difficult to ignore, you heard a lone voice here and there which leads me to conclude that that place is sad sad sad with too many self service cowardly people who just don’t care enough. it’s real bloody sad indeed.
Title: Cudjoe calls on stakeholders to unite to restore football
Post by: Tallman on May 05, 2020, 04:33:58 PM
Cudjoe calls on stakeholders to unite to restore football
T&T Guardian


Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Shamfa Cudjoe has called on all football stakeholders to come together in the interest of restoring the sport to its former glory days.

On Monday in an interview with Guardian Media Sports she said her government was not in a position to bail out the T&T Football Association (TTFA) and if there's assistance coming from the parent body (FIFA) concerning dealing with the financial affairs within the embattled football association, straightening things out and putting the association on stable footing, then all should join in and help where necessary.

There has been a battle for the right to manage the affairs of the sport by the ousted United TTFA group, which comprises president William Wallace and vice presidents Clynt Taylor, Sam Phillips and Susan Joseph Warrick, all of whom were replaced by a FIFA-appointed Normalisation Committee on March 17. The sport’s governing body felt the organisation was on the verge of insolvency due to a $50 million debt, coupled with an inability to show programmes and policies that could pay the debt and steer it onto stable footing.

Wallace and his team have since agreed to challenge the appointment of the committee through their lawyer Matthew Gayle through the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

"I think FIFA and the normalisation committee through Robert Hadad, has come to assist and I think those who are in positions to assist should jump on board and assist," said Cudjoe adding that she was not picking sides but believes everyone who has the ability or authority to bring some sort of peace to this situation, should work together to restore football.

"I see the workers and the technical people at the TTFA would have started establishing some strategies alongside the Hadad committee and I think that is something good. The tug-of-war and the throwing of words, the bacchanal on Facebook and on social media, does not help anybody. It doesn’t help the TTFA, it doesn’t help FIFA and it certainly doesn’t help the athletes who are depending on this sport as a means of livelihood and as a means of income generator.”

She explained further that the sport has been tarnished and destroyed by personal egos, and a craving for power, describing it as a back and forth with threats to go to court, as it relates to who is in charge and who is not, etc.

Cudjoe said her only hope is that the necessary stakeholders would come together and focus more on solving the problem at hand so that they can look back at dealing with areas of development, at football touching the communities and athletes, who depend on the sport, to live.
Title: Re: Cudjoe calls on stakeholders to unite to restore football
Post by: pull stones on May 06, 2020, 05:39:00 AM
Cudjoe calls on stakeholders to unite to restore football
T&T Guardian


Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Shamfa Cudjoe has called on all football stakeholders to come together in the interest of restoring the sport to its former glory days.

On Monday in an interview with Guardian Media Sports she said her government was not in a position to bail out the T&T Football Association (TTFA) and if there's assistance coming from the parent body (FIFA) concerning dealing with the financial affairs within the embattled football association, straightening things out and putting the association on stable footing, then all should join in and help where necessary.

There has been a battle for the right to manage the affairs of the sport by the ousted United TTFA group, which comprises president William Wallace and vice presidents Clynt Taylor, Sam Phillips and Susan Joseph Warrick, all of whom were replaced by a FIFA-appointed Normalisation Committee on March 17. The sport’s governing body felt the organisation was on the verge of insolvency due to a $50 million debt, coupled with an inability to show programmes and policies that could pay the debt and steer it onto stable footing.

Wallace and his team have since agreed to challenge the appointment of the committee through their lawyer Matthew Gayle through the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

"I think FIFA and the normalisation committee through Robert Hadad, has come to assist and I think those who are in positions to assist should jump on board and assist," said Cudjoe adding that she was not picking sides but believes everyone who has the ability or authority to bring some sort of peace to this situation, should work together to restore football.

"I see the workers and the technical people at the TTFA would have started establishing some strategies alongside the Hadad committee and I think that is something good. The tug-of-war and the throwing of words, the bacchanal on Facebook and on social media, does not help anybody. It doesn’t help the TTFA, it doesn’t help FIFA and it certainly doesn’t help the athletes who are depending on this sport as a means of livelihood and as a means of income generator.”

She explained further that the sport has been tarnished and destroyed by personal egos, and a craving for power, describing it as a back and forth with threats to go to court, as it relates to who is in charge and who is not, etc.

Cudjoe said her only hope is that the necessary stakeholders would come together and focus more on solving the problem at hand so that they can look back at dealing with areas of development, at football touching the communities and athletes, who depend on the sport, to live.
with all due respect minister, but you are taking sides. you said that you didn’t want to get involved, yet you’re talking about unity with a usurper in robert hadad, and what good is fifa here to do? come on shamfa you’re acting like you of all people don’t know that this is all about vengeance against the clubs and teams who voted against their hog face puppet.

they are here to make sure that Wallace does not control this organization, if they meant any good towards us they would have made this move a year ago when it was warranted, not now, and your just taking the easy way out and giving conspiracy vultures like controversial a clear shot at your back with his ridiculous notions. come on shamfa shame on you, it would have been better if you stayed mum on this.
Title: Hadad to TTFA staff: Working on it
Post by: Tallman on May 06, 2020, 06:26:13 AM
Hadad to TTFA staff: Working on it
T&T Express


The lack of bank account access notwithstanding, Trinidad and Tobago Football Association staff are still being assured that efforts are being made to pay them.

This word came on Monday from Robert Hadad, head of the normalisation committee appointed by world governing body, FIFA.

TTFA administrative staff have not received salaries since FIFA appointed the committee in March to run the affairs of the Association instead of the elected executive headed by president William Wallace. Wallace insists that as the duly elected head of the TTFA, the body is the only one entitled to receive FIFA money. The matter of control of local football is now before the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland.

In the meantime, First Citizens Bank, at which the TTFA’s accounts are held, has refused to allow either side access to the accounts.

Meanwhile, an unsigned letter surfaced on the weekend, purportedly from staff members, pleading for Wallace to abandon his fight for control of the TTFA’s accounts.

On Monday, Hadad told the SportsMax Zone programme on cable TV network SportsMax that he had seen the letter and acknowledged that besides the office staff, technical staff had not been paid for a longer period.

He acknowledged that the TTFA is the only body that could receive FIFA cash, saying, “The associate member of FIFA is the TTFA, so they legitimately could only send the money to the TTFA.”

He also noted that, “Until I could confirm to FIFA that we have control of the bank accounts and there is no risk of garnishing, I don’t see any money coming forth.”

However, Hadad added, “we are working on other means of paying them.”

The businessman was not willing to say what other means were being considered.

However, he stated: “We are aware that we are in a pandemic and we are in very dangerous times and some people need their money, so we are working around ways of getting them their money before we have control of the bank account.”

And asked if he had anticipated opposition from the Wallace group when his committee took over, a resolute Hadad noted: “Would they have made my team’s job easier? Sure....But this is how it is and we will work through it. What I can tell you is we are here to stay and we are representing FIFA and FIFA will only send money to us.”

He added: “We were not appointed because we wanted to be appointed. We were appointed because the TTFA is in serious debt and in serious risk of insolvency and not being able to pay their debts, and FIFA, they are doing the right thing. Whether or not it should have been done before, or whatever anyone wants to say, I’m not here to judge that. I don’t know why now, what I do is now, the debt is very high and the revenue we have is not enough to pay the debt and (court) judgements are happening now...The judgements and the garnishing of the account are all not good situations to be in. So somebody had to do the job.”
Title: Normalisation Committee ‘forgetting’ TTFA’s past?
Post by: Tallman on May 06, 2020, 08:28:44 PM
Normalisation Committee ‘forgetting’ TTFA’s past?
By Colin Murray (T&T Guardian)


Exasperated is the most accurate adjective to describe my thoughts when writing about this local football saga. But when one is down, few people try to help him/her back up or give words of encouragement to stand on two feet again. I am sure that must be the feeling of William Wallace who is undoubtedly persona non grata with FIFA and the Minister of Sports.

When one thinks it can’t possibly get worse as battling FIFA is bad enough, thrown into the mix is the Minister of Sports, and based on her recent comments to the media, I find her confusing. On one hand, a few weeks ago, she said, to paraphrase, she rather not get involved in any FIFA vs T&T Football Association (TTFA) battle because two years ago, she was told by the then TTFA president to stay out of FIFA and TTFA business.

Yet, she comes out to the media to deliver a message to stakeholders and says that she recognises FIFA’s imposed normalisation committee. Perhaps they don’t represent anyone. To be honest, I wish when it comes to football the Minister could simply refuse to comment on the matter. At least she will be consistent then.

Remember Wallace is fighting, what he believes along with many others, to be an unjust act and abuse of power by FIFA against a democratically elected body just three months into its operations.

Meanwhile, another letter surfaces from an anonymous staff member asking Wallace to do the “humane” and “rational” thing and concede the local football body’s bank accounts to the FIFA-imposed normalisation committee.

Strangely enough, the letter was both unsigned and undated and not sent directly to Wallace, but instead to selected media houses. Certain insiders have sent me suggestions about who they think the letter originated from.

When one of those individuals was confronted and asked this simple question, “Did you write the letter, and were there other staff members involved?”, the individual responded, “Lol”.

Now, I can’t speak for anyone, but if I had written the letter I would have perhaps said: “Yes, I wrote it because I am frustrated and need my salary now”. I can certainly empathise with the employees’ frustrations, especially during these difficult times. I also understand Wallace’s fight and I am confident that should any of those workers find themselves in his position fighting for a cause, they may well pursue a similar type of action.

What is even more puzzling to me is if First Citizens is not facilitating any disbursements until this whole mess is settled by court order, then why doesn’t the normalisation committee do the “humane” and “rational” thing and pay the employees?

Surely FIFA can make a cheque out to the normalisation committee in order for the TTFA staff to receive their salaries. Unless the normalisation committee members are not being paid and doing this for the love of football? I highly doubt this is the case as the payment of their salaries may be the least of their concerns.

FIFA must be aware, through the normalisation committee, of what is happening here with the TTFA’s bank account. I certainly do not know if any constitution allows for that type of situation to arise, but this must be treated as an exceptional circumstance.

As expected, Wallace is being painted as the big, bad wolf for not wanting to give salaries to the staff. But, I am also made to understand in the letter written by the anonymous staff member that the office staff do not qualify for the government’s salary relief programme and have also been refused assistance through the National Insurance Service (NIS) because of the non-payment of statutory deductions from their employer, TTFA. This was because the previous administration allegedly withheld approximately TT$4 million payable to the National Insurance Board and the Board of Inland Revenue for NIS, Pay As You Earn (PAYE), and health surcharge for its employees between November 2017 and November 2019.

The problem I have is simple - why is there supposedly no one investigating these irregularities? Surely if the normalisation committee had any conscience, and I believe that they are all persons with high integrity, they would be investigating certain issues that the footballing public need resolved. I keep reading about this normalisation committee saying that they are not on a witch hunt.

No one is asking for this, but what is being asked is whether there were misdemeanors leading up to March (or was it January?) 2020 when they were appointed. They would then have a duty to the football-loving public of T&T to come clean and let people know what they have investigated and what is going to be done about it.

I am sick of hearing the old adage of “Let’s forget the past” as this is a new chapter for football. How can anyone just shut their eyes and move forward when apparently there is so much stink dirt to be dug up within our football administration? Does anyone care about just how we have found ourselves in this position? Are people suggesting that we simply forget what has happened over the last four years to denigrate our football into vagrancy status both on and off the field?

How can any right-thinking individual take up a post and not go into the archives and ask basic questions like where was all this money spent? Who were contracts given to and why? What procurement process was followed? How were appointments made? Why were details of the whole ‘Home of Football’ project kept such a big secret and why was the workmanship deemed shoddy?

Perhaps, I am very wrong and the normalisation committee is very quietly behind the scenes doing their investigations. Maybe on one sunny day, we will see a news conference where all will be revealed as to why our football has been in a dark, terrible hole for the last four years. Only then will I be able to breathe a sigh of relief and say let's all move on with our football. Wishful thinking at its best.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: pull stones on May 07, 2020, 03:40:50 AM
Wonderful article by Colin murray and one of the very very few people in sports who actually touched on the meat of the matter, I just wish we had more like him in that integrity starved nation, especially with those mindless vultures who hang around sports and is so very void of good ideas.

 I longed for the day when the corona virus and this dispute is finally behind us and we all could exhale and enjoy the simple things in life again, like watching our football in caring hands for the second time in our history, first with timkee god rest his soul, and now william wallace.

Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Cocorite on May 07, 2020, 12:33:08 PM
Wonderful article by Colin murray and one of the very very few people in sports who actually touched on the meat of the matter, I just wish we had more like him in that integrity starved nation, especially with those mindless vultures who hang around sports and is so very void of good ideas.

 I longed for the day when the corona virus and this dispute is finally behind us and we all could exhale and enjoy the simple things in life again, like watching our football in caring hands for the second time in our history, first with timkee god rest his soul, and now william wallace.

Lately, when I see an article from the Guardian, I just keep going as I notice they seem to be in FIFA's pocket. But because of your comments I read Murray's article. I guess I need to pay attention to the authors a bit more and not just the partisan papers.

Couldn't agree with you more. Refreshing to see the few who care about truth and righteousness.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: maxg on May 07, 2020, 03:40:00 PM
Wallace, executive not pursuing CAS matter
JOEL BAILEY
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday


THE EMBATTLED TTFA (TT Football Association) president William Wallace and his former executive (Clynt Taylor, Susan Joseph-Warrick and Joseph Sam Phillip) are no longer pursuing their legal matter with CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport).

Wallace and his team were appealing a decision by FIFA, the global governing body for football, who, on March 17, removed the group from office, due to mounting debts, and set up a normalisation committee, headed by businessman Robert Hadad.

It is understood that Wallace and his team, which also included attorneys Matthew Gayle and Dr Emir Crowne, were concerned over CAS’ desire to increase the legal costs from the TTFA.

The TTFA were asked to pay the entire cost of arbitration (TT $277,000) but FIFA would not spend a cent until the matter is heard.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on May 07, 2020, 03:42:44 PM
Wonderful article by Colin murray and one of the very very few people in sports who actually touched on the meat of the matter, I just wish we had more like him in that integrity starved nation, especially with those mindless vultures who hang around sports and is so very void of good ideas.

 I longed for the day when the corona virus and this dispute is finally behind us and we all could exhale and enjoy the simple things in life again, like watching our football in caring hands for the second time in our history, first with timkee god rest his soul, and now william wallace.

Lately, when I see an article from the Guardian, I just keep going as I notice they seem to be in FIFA's pocket. But because of your comments I read Murray's article. I guess I need to pay attention to the authors a bit more and not just the partisan papers.

Couldn't agree with you more. Refreshing to see the few who care about truth and righteousness.

Murray is typically a discerning commentator.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: soccerman on May 07, 2020, 10:44:19 PM
Wonderful article by Colin murray and one of the very very few people in sports who actually touched on the meat of the matter, I just wish we had more like him in that integrity starved nation, especially with those mindless vultures who hang around sports and is so very void of good ideas.

 I longed for the day when the corona virus and this dispute is finally behind us and we all could exhale and enjoy the simple things in life again, like watching our football in caring hands for the second time in our history, first with timkee god rest his soul, and now william wallace.

Lately, when I see an article from the Guardian, I just keep going as I notice they seem to be in FIFA's pocket. But because of your comments I read Murray's article. I guess I need to pay attention to the authors a bit more and not just the partisan papers.

Couldn't agree with you more. Refreshing to see the few who care about truth and righteousness.

Murray is typically a discerning commentator.
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Title: Wallace attorney raises bias claim from CAS in FIFA appeal
Post by: Tallman on May 08, 2020, 07:00:16 AM
Wallace attorney raises bias claim from CAS in FIFA appeal
By Derek Achong (T&T Guardian)


Lawyers representing the ousted T&T Football Association (TTFA) executive members are questioning whether the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) is biased towards their clients in their ongoing challenge against Fifa. 

Attorney Dr Emir Crowne, who is representing former TTFA president William Wallace and his executive team, claimed in a three-page letter sent to Antonio de Quesada, the head of arbitration at the Switzerland-based international court, yesterday. 

In the letter, which was obtained by Guardian Media Sports, Crowne sought to raise a series of procedural issues, which allegedly occurred after the appeal was filed on April 6, and led them to question the institutional independence of CAS. 

Crowne pointed out that while his clients requested a sole arbitrator due to financial constraints, Fifa suggested using three.

"By agreeing to the respondent's request, the CAS would have tripled the cost of the arbitration," Crowne said. 

He also took issue with the fact that the CAS set the cost of the arbitration as 40,000 Swiss francs (TT$276,000), although it is expected to take place via video conferencing to save on travel expenses for the arbitration panel and the CAS counsel. 

Stating that his clients received no breakdown of the "exorbitant fees", Crowne said: "To that end, we are genuinely unsure how the CAS facilitates access to justice with such extravagant fees. The appellants are not from the developed world, nor are they as well-financed as the respondent." 

Crowne questioned the CAS's decision to require the executive members to pay for the full cost of the appeal based on a "general rule", under which Fifa does not pay half the costs, as required under Article 64.2 of its procedural rules. 

Under the rule, if one party fails to pay its share and the other fails to cover the entire amount by the deadline set by the court, the appeal is automatically withdrawn. 

"On its face, therefore, the CAS appears to be a willing participant in the respondent's gamesmanship, especially if the CAS has institutional knowledge that the respondent-an entity with immeasurable financial resources- would not be advancing their share of the arbitration costs, and especially since it was the respondent who asked that the matter be heard before a three-person panel thereby tripling the cost of the proceedings," Crowne said. 

He described the alleged conduct as "at least an unacceptable display of apparent institutional bias". 

Crowne also referred to the fact that Fifa wrote to the CAS seeking an extension of time to file its response to the appeal until after the fees are paid by the former TTFA executive team and noted that it (Fifa) was essentially given an automatic extension. 

"To compound the perception of institutional bias, the letter from CAS informing the appellants of CAS' ruling, is the very same correspondence which informed the appellants that the respondent had made a request, meaning that the CAS had ruled without even giving the appellant the opportunity to be heard," Crowne said. 

Crowne suggested that even if his clients had applied the CAS for legal aid, it would not remedy the bias that has allegedly already arisen. 

"As it stands, there are very real doubts that the CAS remains an appropriate and fair forum for the resolution of this dispute," Crowne said.  

Wallace and his three vice presidents — Clynt Taylor, Joseph Sam Phillips, and Susan Joseph-Warrick filed the appeal after they were removed by Fifa on March 17 and replaced by a normalisation committee headed by businessman Robert Hadad and comprises attorney Judy Daniel and retired banker Nigel Romano.

In their appeal, the former executive members are claiming that they were wrongfully removed by Fifa despite being lawfully elected to their positions in November, last year. 

The former executive members' lawyers were recently locked in a legal war of words with TTFA's bankers First Citizens' Bank over control of the association's accounts. 

They have established an account for donations to fund the appeal on the crowd-funding platform GoFundMe, which had amassed US$4,220, up to late yesterday. The deadline for payments is May 20.

The former executive is also being represented by Matthew Gayle. 
Title: Urling calls for Wallace, Hadad to work together
Post by: Tallman on May 09, 2020, 07:09:29 AM
Urling calls for Wallace, Hadad to work together
By Walter Alibey (T&T Guardian)


"Come on and support the Normalisation Committee, it happened to us also and now we are better off."

This has been the advice of Clinton Urling, former chairman of the 2014 FIFA Normalisation Committee appointed in Guyana, to the ousted T&T Football Association (TTFA) executive being led by William Wallace.

Urling sought to clear the air on whether it was the world governing body for the sport of football, FIFA, which puts out the funding in the case of a normalisation committee scenario to clear the debt of the TTFA, or if it was incumbent of the normalisation committee to come up with innovative ideas, as well as source funding.

He told Guardian Media Sports on Friday that the chairman of the FIFA appointed normalisation committee Robert Hadad will have 100 per cent power, discretion and responsibility to come up with initiatives and plans to solve the issues of the embattled football administration and FIFA will check it first, before providing the funds.

Officials of the football association recently raised concerns about the little to no progress the committee has had to date under Hadad, a concern that comes almost two months after FIFA, on March 17, agreed to implement the normalisation committee in T&T, based on the burdening debt that was said to be some $50 million and no means or measures to put the association back on a stable footing.

Hadad, who was appointed alongside his deputy Judy Daniel, an Attorney and environmentalist, and Nigel Romano, who is a retired banker, has since encountered steady resistance from Wallace and his team of vice presidents Clynt Taylor, Joseph Sam Phillips and Susan Joseph-Warrick, for use of the TTFA letterhead and to secure use of the TTFA’s bank accounts, as well as emerging concerns from new contractors claiming monies from work done on the controversial "Home of Football" in Balmain, Couva.

Urling said while he does not want to impose, he believes that Wallace and his team should join forces with Hadad and his team if they really love the sport of football and the country, saying in Guyana they had to do the same thing.

“In fact, the situation in Guyana was worse than what we see in T&T. The normalisation committee brings a sort of influence for the business and other communities and it is a tremendous help. Back home, it helped us with securing sponsors and land etc. We just had to work with the normalisation committee and instead of the two years given, we were able to turn the sport around in a year.”

Urling then turned to Wallace and company, saying it is useless trying to fight FIFA through the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland, as the sport’s governing body acted within its legal right to appoint a committee.

“There is no other document clearer than the FIFA Statutes, so I can’t understand why a legal person would attempt to convince the TTFA members that they have a fighting chance. The fact is that they cannot win the FIFA. Okay, let's say that the TTFA wins the FIFA at the CAS, then the FIFA would simply invoke its clause that refers to no political interference and still ban the TTFA. Who is to say they would not do it, they have done it before, so who suffers then, isn’t it the country and the sport.”

“I sympathise with Wallace and his team, I know how they feel, but emotions have no place in law. In fact, I could recall back in 2015, there were talks to appoint a normalisation committee in T&T under the then president Raymond Tim Kee, so it really does not make a difference if it is appointed now.”

Urling, a businessman by profession said his main concern is if the sport will be properly managed after the exit of the normalisation committee in two years, saying the TTFA must determine where the debt came from in the first place so that the managers of the sport don’t fall back into the same problems they are facing now.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: FF on May 09, 2020, 07:37:05 AM
One set of people who should know better making a set of arguments from ignorance like this Urling character.

Steups. We cannot get ban for winning the CAS case  :banginghead:

Jus the fact that Urling is ok with that shows me the lack of character endemic in the Caribbean. Like moonilal writing letter to the US. steups.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: pull stones on May 09, 2020, 08:13:19 AM
One set of people who should know better making a set of arguments from ignorance like this Urling character.

Steups. We cannot get ban for winning the CAS case  :banginghead:

Jus the fact that Urling is ok with that shows me the lack of character endemic in the Caribbean. Like moonilal writing letter to the US. steups.
ah lord boy, FF i’m not going to lie, i’m already exhausted with all this bullshit going on and it seems like the harder the ttfa tries it’s the harder it get’s for wallace and company to fight this case especially when he has zero support from no where, not the government, not CFU, not concacaf, not the leagues not no where, the man all alone with no refuge between the devil and the deep blue sea.

just last night I heard fenwick asking for the ttfa to come to an agreement with hadad for the sake of football,can you imagine that, after no one in trinidad wanted to take a chance on fenwick? yuh know if I was wallace I would’ve just stepped aside and let them do their do and wait it out for the next election, either that or forget trinidad football. it seems like the tide is already set for the ttfa to either tire due to pressure, or for wallace to bow out disgracefully.

as for this guyanese bloke, this is not the first time he’s trying to give the ttfa advice on the way forward, and it’s actually the same recommendation, cut the rope and play along.

speaking of playing along, I knew jack warner was supporting wallace candidacy, ah wonder if warner still advising him, and what would be his resolution to all the obstacles rendered by FIFA as jack knows all the games inside out played by FIFA, being once an insider in the workings of FIFA. if I was WW I would’ve stepped aside and let fifa play their dirty hand, but that’s just me, after all I can’t take pressure my belly very thin.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on May 09, 2020, 08:17:19 AM
Here we have another trafficker of ignorance dressed up as irrefutable truth. I'm beginning to wonder about the longevity of the English-speaking Caribbean and the prospect of coexisting progressive values. 
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: pull stones on May 09, 2020, 08:39:28 AM
Here we have another trafficker of ignorance dressed up as irrefutable truth. I'm beginning to wonder about the longevity of the English-speaking Caribbean and the prospect of coexisting progressive values.
you are a very informed bloke so I want to ask a pertinent question. It seem to be the narrative among most football gurus in trinidad that the normalization committee will eventually fix all the debt and FIFA would pay it off and the new president would have a debt free tenure come next election, but i seriously doubt that, can you clarify?
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on May 09, 2020, 11:42:12 AM
Here we have another trafficker of ignorance dressed up as irrefutable truth. I'm beginning to wonder about the longevity of the English-speaking Caribbean and the prospect of coexisting progressive values.
you are a very informed bloke so I want to ask a pertinent question. It seem to be the narrative among most football gurus in trinidad that the normalization committee will eventually fix all the debt and FIFA would pay it off and the new president would have a debt free tenure come next election, but i seriously doubt that, can you clarify?

As that would be a departure from the ordinary expectation and approach, those who espouse that view should take to the airwaves to articulate - without speculation or obfuscation - why the circumstances of the TTFA are outside the ordinary. Dahis where de rubber meets de road. I wouldn't bet on dem touching down to speak publicly and transparently.

I will touch this topic again building on a response I had to a post by GOP.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: pull stones on May 09, 2020, 05:20:41 PM
Here we have another trafficker of ignorance dressed up as irrefutable truth. I'm beginning to wonder about the longevity of the English-speaking Caribbean and the prospect of coexisting progressive values.
you are a very informed bloke so I want to ask a pertinent question. It seem to be the narrative among most football gurus in trinidad that the normalization committee will eventually fix all the debt and FIFA would pay it off and the new president would have a debt free tenure come next election, but i seriously doubt that, can you clarify?

As that would be a departure from the ordinary expectation and approach, those who espouse that view should take to the airwaves to articulate - without speculation or obfuscation - why the circumstances of the TTFA are outside the ordinary. Dahis where de rubber meets de road. I wouldn't bet on dem touching down to speak publicly and transparently.

I will touch this topic again building on a response I had to a post by GOP.
so from all the information you've gathered since this whole debacle, do you believe that fifa would be paying this 50 million debt off, or are these foolish people in football only deceiving themselves, because if FIFA wants to pay off the debt, then if i was WW I would step aside and allow them too,

but somehow from the first article I read on the installation of the normalization committee I understood that they are only there to formulate a payment plan and would not be taking on any debt relief ala paying off one thin dime of the ttfa debt, can you or anyone else correct me if I’m wrong?
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on May 09, 2020, 06:20:58 PM
Here we have another trafficker of ignorance dressed up as irrefutable truth. I'm beginning to wonder about the longevity of the English-speaking Caribbean and the prospect of coexisting progressive values.
you are a very informed bloke so I want to ask a pertinent question. It seem to be the narrative among most football gurus in trinidad that the normalization committee will eventually fix all the debt and FIFA would pay it off and the new president would have a debt free tenure come next election, but i seriously doubt that, can you clarify?

As that would be a departure from the ordinary expectation and approach, those who espouse that view should take to the airwaves to articulate - without speculation or obfuscation - why the circumstances of the TTFA are outside the ordinary. Dahis where de rubber meets de road. I wouldn't bet on dem touching down to speak publicly and transparently.

I will touch this topic again building on a response I had to a post by GOP.
so from all the information you've gathered since this whole debacle, do you believe that fifa would be paying this 50 million debt off, or are these foolish people in football only deceiving themselves, because if FIFA wants to pay off the debt, then if i was WW I would step aside and allow them too,

but somehow from the first article I read on the installation of the normalization committee I understood that they are only there to formulate a payment plan and would not be taking on any debt relief ala paying off one thin dime of the ttfa debt, can you or anyone else correct me if I’m wrong?

Those on one side have gradually crafted a narrative that positions WW as being an obstacle to progress. Who is defined as obstructionist is correlated to how one defines progress and the agenda one wants advanced at the TTFA.

The CAS appeal and its ancillary events (bank account, letterhead, salaries etc.) inherently bring a demonization of the elected TTFA directorate because they are public actions that necessarily require non-cooperating responses.

The question is: are there any other actors whose actions are to be viewed as obstructionist? If the answer to that question is yes, those actors are not taking actions that are engaging the public attention of stakeholders. The battle is being waged in the court of public opinion and privately.

Ask yourself why FIFA wouldn't merely state to WW and company and the nation, if you (WW ) back off we will resolve the TTFA's affairs and settle its debt. And ask yourself whether FIFA could make that represention explicitly.

Be wary of narratives that traffic absolutes.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Deeks on May 10, 2020, 08:15:55 AM
I do hope WW keep his distance from JW. I do not want that man anywhere near our football. As much as we went to the WC under him, his actions has caused unimaginable damage to our football. It made managing the financial aspects of our football impotent. >:(
Title: FIFA’s Normalisation Committee: Underhanded colonialism?
Post by: Tallman on May 13, 2020, 04:39:31 PM
FIFA’s Normalisation Committee: Underhanded colonialism?
By Colin Murray (T&T Guardian)


The battle rages on between FIFA, the ex-TTFA (T&T Football Association) executive and periodically, FIFA’s imposed Normalisation Committee. Hopefully, the government has received the message and is staying out.

Strangely enough, I haven’t heard about the salaries owed to staff but up to Tuesday, they remained unpaid and addressing this is supposedly the first assignment of the normalisation committee.

Surely, by now, some arrangement should have been worked out with FIFA and that funding ought to have been enough to pay the salaries of the employees. Perhaps the normalisation committee should give it to the ex-TTFA officials to pay the employees; after all, it is cruel for them to remain unpaid.

But one thing remains abundantly clear of the 33 FIFA members placed under a normalisation committee since 2004: only one was not fully guilty of all the infractions cited by FIFA that would trigger the enaction of a normalisation committee. Can you take a guess which one? These so-called normalisation committees are often perceived as FIFA’s most lethal weapon designed to either remove an association’s executive or work alongside its members when they wish.

But in most cases, the former is chosen simply because those running the member association are not allies of FIFA’s hierarchy. The former TTFA executive was working on a long-term plan to reduce its debt and implement sustainable financial management policies and procedures. After all, they were in office for only three months which begs so many questions on what exactly influenced the imposition of this normalisation committee.

Cast your mind back or undertake some personal research to find out who was openly one of FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s earliest and eventual strongest allies in the Caribbean region? Who was the first Caribbean Football Union (CFU) member association president to support Infantino’s presidential campaign in 2016?

Then let us not forget Infantino’s visit to T&T just six days before the TTFA’s election in November 2019 to support his obvious preferred candidate who lost the election and all hell then, unfortunately, broke loose.

How dare these obnoxious, democratically elected voters not vote for Infantino’s main man? After all, the debt was growing, football was going backward, our men’s team could only beat Anguilla and our women looked disjointed and lacked any team spirit. But most importantly, FIFA was notified through various means about the brewing disaster within T&T’s football and was repeatedly requested to intervene from 2017 - 2019 and decided to do nothing. Why?

Presently in Kenya, the country’s highest sports arbitration body, the Sports Disputes Tribunal has formally requested FIFA to step in and appoint a normalisation committee for the purpose of holding the elections of the Football Kenya Federation (FKF). This request was made on February 17, 2020 and nothing has happened with Kenya’s football elections.

I could go back to 2017 and rehash the state of Kenya’s football and the ongoing problems but that is their business. However, all I will say is just guess who the president of FKF is a strong ally of and you will understand why no normalisation committee has moved into their football.

Do I still need to point out why a normalisation committee was put in place here in T&T’s football? It certainly had very little to do with the state and finances of our football which it should have done over two and a half years ago. But like a spoiled child, a grown man in FIFA did not get the toy he wanted for Christmas and uses the weapon of a normalisation committee to scar our football. Yet still, we have people in this country openly approving this dirty underhand take over of our democratically elected officials.

I must say, I was extremely disappointed to hear the men’s national coach’s comments on this impasse but I do understand he has a job to protect. The gentleman’s indisputable passion for the game of football is second to none. I know many are suffering from this dispute with football fans upset but sometimes it is better to not comment. Your job, when the time arises, is to coach and get results for our national team and I want to hear what your plans are for taking T&T’s football forward. As a national coach, it is best to stay out of politics.

Then there are those from outside like the former chairman of FIFA’s 2014 normalisation committee appointed to Guyana. Quite frankly, I don’t wish to hear from him unless he is going to first tell us just how different were the circumstances in which that normalisation committee was appointed. For him to say, “I sympathise with Wallace and his team, I know how they feel…” shows that he lacks any understanding of this issue. Surprisingly enough, the former Chairman made mention that, “... in 2015 there were talks to appoint a normalisation committee (to T&T) so it really does not make a difference if it is appointed now.” Oh no Sir, it does make a difference.

Remember, in 2015 a new kid came on the block and supported a certain person running for FIFA president so naturally, the idea of a normalisation committee was then dead and buried until that new kid lost the election in 2019. Former chairman of Guyana’s normalisation committee, minding your own business can be challenging indeed.

Then there is the president of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), who says the body is not dead but his association is like a ghost so it may as well be dead. You see, there is no longer unity in Caribbean football. It is each for thyself and those who survive, fine, but those sinking, let them sink because you can get into serious difficulty with no assistance from FIFA.

No one has the fortitude quite like Jack Warner did to say to Infantino and company, give this newly elected executive a chance; assign someone from FIFA to work with them and let them find their way out of this mess they inherited. But instead, FIFA comes with this colonialist-style of imposition with a normalisation committee to essentially rob a new executive of a chance to sort out its own affairs and there are people here in support of this.

I will continue to tell William Wallace to listen to Robert Nestor Marley, "Get up stand up, stand up for your rights".
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: maxg on May 13, 2020, 08:47:34 PM
Jack was quite good and pointed in the Andre interview on sports talk on tten.
Don’t know if Anyone has a link.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Controversial on May 13, 2020, 10:16:31 PM
FIFA’s Normalisation Committee: Underhanded colonialism?
By Colin Murray (T&T Guardian)


The battle rages on between FIFA, the ex-TTFA (T&T Football Association) executive and periodically, FIFA’s imposed Normalisation Committee. Hopefully, the government has received the message and is staying out.

Strangely enough, I haven’t heard about the salaries owed to staff but up to Tuesday, they remained unpaid and addressing this is supposedly the first assignment of the normalisation committee.

Surely, by now, some arrangement should have been worked out with FIFA and that funding ought to have been enough to pay the salaries of the employees. Perhaps the normalisation committee should give it to the ex-TTFA officials to pay the employees; after all, it is cruel for them to remain unpaid.

But one thing remains abundantly clear of the 33 FIFA members placed under a normalisation committee since 2004: only one was not fully guilty of all the infractions cited by FIFA that would trigger the enaction of a normalisation committee. Can you take a guess which one? These so-called normalisation committees are often perceived as FIFA’s most lethal weapon designed to either remove an association’s executive or work alongside its members when they wish.

But in most cases, the former is chosen simply because those running the member association are not allies of FIFA’s hierarchy. The former TTFA executive was working on a long-term plan to reduce its debt and implement sustainable financial management policies and procedures. After all, they were in office for only three months which begs so many questions on what exactly influenced the imposition of this normalisation committee.

Cast your mind back or undertake some personal research to find out who was openly one of FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s earliest and eventual strongest allies in the Caribbean region? Who was the first Caribbean Football Union (CFU) member association president to support Infantino’s presidential campaign in 2016?

Then let us not forget Infantino’s visit to T&T just six days before the TTFA’s election in November 2019 to support his obvious preferred candidate who lost the election and all hell then, unfortunately, broke loose.

How dare these obnoxious, democratically elected voters not vote for Infantino’s main man? After all, the debt was growing, football was going backward, our men’s team could only beat Anguilla and our women looked disjointed and lacked any team spirit. But most importantly, FIFA was notified through various means about the brewing disaster within T&T’s football and was repeatedly requested to intervene from 2017 - 2019 and decided to do nothing. Why?

Presently in Kenya, the country’s highest sports arbitration body, the Sports Disputes Tribunal has formally requested FIFA to step in and appoint a normalisation committee for the purpose of holding the elections of the Football Kenya Federation (FKF). This request was made on February 17, 2020 and nothing has happened with Kenya’s football elections.

I could go back to 2017 and rehash the state of Kenya’s football and the ongoing problems but that is their business. However, all I will say is just guess who the president of FKF is a strong ally of and you will understand why no normalisation committee has moved into their football.

Do I still need to point out why a normalisation committee was put in place here in T&T’s football? It certainly had very little to do with the state and finances of our football which it should have done over two and a half years ago. But like a spoiled child, a grown man in FIFA did not get the toy he wanted for Christmas and uses the weapon of a normalisation committee to scar our football. Yet still, we have people in this country openly approving this dirty underhand take over of our democratically elected officials.

I must say, I was extremely disappointed to hear the men’s national coach’s comments on this impasse but I do understand he has a job to protect. The gentleman’s indisputable passion for the game of football is second to none. I know many are suffering from this dispute with football fans upset but sometimes it is better to not comment. Your job, when the time arises, is to coach and get results for our national team and I want to hear what your plans are for taking T&T’s football forward. As a national coach, it is best to stay out of politics.

Then there are those from outside like the former chairman of FIFA’s 2014 normalisation committee appointed to Guyana. Quite frankly, I don’t wish to hear from him unless he is going to first tell us just how different were the circumstances in which that normalisation committee was appointed. For him to say, “I sympathise with Wallace and his team, I know how they feel…” shows that he lacks any understanding of this issue. Surprisingly enough, the former Chairman made mention that, “... in 2015 there were talks to appoint a normalisation committee (to T&T) so it really does not make a difference if it is appointed now.” Oh no Sir, it does make a difference.

Remember, in 2015 a new kid came on the block and supported a certain person running for FIFA president so naturally, the idea of a normalisation committee was then dead and buried until that new kid lost the election in 2019. Former chairman of Guyana’s normalisation committee, minding your own business can be challenging indeed.

Then there is the president of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), who says the body is not dead but his association is like a ghost so it may as well be dead. You see, there is no longer unity in Caribbean football. It is each for thyself and those who survive, fine, but those sinking, let them sink because you can get into serious difficulty with no assistance from FIFA.

No one has the fortitude quite like Jack Warner did to say to Infantino and company, give this newly elected executive a chance; assign someone from FIFA to work with them and let them find their way out of this mess they inherited. But instead, FIFA comes with this colonialist-style of imposition with a normalisation committee to essentially rob a new executive of a chance to sort out its own affairs and there are people here in support of this.

I will continue to tell William Wallace to listen to Robert Nestor Marley, "Get up stand up, stand up for your rights".

Finally someone using the right terminology in this... colonialism like I’ve been saying
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: AZZURRI on May 14, 2020, 12:27:26 PM
decent article.

though I'd think they should refrain from mentioning Jack as a source for any info.
He's just a stain on the association.

On the flip side.....i don't know why Keith Look Loy sees it necessary to continuously comment on FB about every article dropped and argue vociferiously each time

He may make some good points in between his rants and BS, but he needs some serious PR training.
He cannot be a spokesperson for any org. with that attitude unfortunately --
and i say unfortunate cause he does have a wealth of knowledge to share but it's how he's sharing it is the main issue and ppl ignore or cast him aside because of this
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on May 14, 2020, 02:41:46 PM
decent article.

though I'd think they should refrain from mentioning Jack as a source for any info.
He's just a stain on the association.

On the flip side.....i don't know why Keith Look Loy sees it necessary to continuously comment on FB about every article dropped and argue vociferiously each time

He may make some good points in between his rants and BS, but he needs some serious PR training.
He cannot be a spokesperson for any org. with that attitude unfortunately --
and i say unfortunate cause he does have a wealth of knowledge to share but it's how he's sharing it is the main issue and ppl ignore or cast him aside because of this

What sort of battles do popularity contests win?
Title: Calls for Hadad to give directions
Post by: Tallman on May 14, 2020, 07:16:40 PM
Calls for Hadad to give directions
By Walter Alibey (T&T Guardian)


The silence of the FIFA-appointed Normalisation Committee Chairman Robert Hadad has become a major concern for some technical officials of the local football fraternity.

Almost six weeks into his tenure as chairman, both coaches and technical officials, who agreed to speak to Guardian Media Sports on the condition of anonymity on Thursday, are calling on Hadad to break his silence and outline what are his plans for local football both financially and from a technical standpoint.

“Mr Hadad held a zoom meeting for technical staff members on April 29 and at the end of it, we left in the say way we started. We don't know what is happening. Are we going to be paid, when will we be paid, will resume training in post-COVID-19, what is happening with the T&T Football Association accounts, what is happening with our national teams and the T&T Pro League, what about our plans for coming qualifiers and tournaments etc,” two coaches asked.

The coaches have also said disappointingly that there have also yet to hear a word from Hadad's deputy, attorney and Environmentalist Judy Daniel, and retired banker and businessman Nigel Romano, who is also a director and partner at More TT and the chairman at National Flour Mills.

The two got the nod to work alongside Hadad from the world governing body for football - FIFA on March 27, when it decided to appoint a normalization committee to manage the affairs of TT football, citing a real risk of insolvency and illiquidity, with no concrete plans of clearing a debt, alleged to be $50 million on March 17.

Two other members are supposed to be added to the committee, upon the appointment of the CONCACAF and the FIFA soon.

Hadad, the HADCO Group of Companies director, was baptized into local football administration with a battle through the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS), between FIFA and the ousted administration that was led by William Wallace and his three vice president Clynt Taylor, Joseph 'Sam' Phillip and Susan Joseph-Warrick.

He also had to put his legal personnel on standby to secure ownership of the TTFA letterhead, while, at the same time, challenge Wallace for use of the football association bank accounts.

Hadad is expecting grant and COVID-19 Relief funds from the FIFA but has to wait until he can get used of the TTFA's First Citizens Bank accounts. In the latest saga for the account, the bank has called on both Hadad and Wallace to walk with a legal document showing they have the right to use the account.

The T&T Football Association is in line to receive US$1.2 million (an estimated TT$6.7million), plus a CONCACAF US$160,000 (an estimated TT$1,040,000) grant, as well as an unknown amount for the relief fund to the Normalisation Committee.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: AZZURRI on May 14, 2020, 08:41:31 PM
decent article.

though I'd think they should refrain from mentioning Jack as a source for any info.
He's just a stain on the association.

On the flip side.....i don't know why Keith Look Loy sees it necessary to continuously comment on FB about every article dropped and argue vociferiously each time

He may make some good points in between his rants and BS, but he needs some serious PR training.
He cannot be a spokesperson for any org. with that attitude unfortunately --
and i say unfortunate cause he does have a wealth of knowledge to share but it's how he's sharing it is the main issue and ppl ignore or cast him aside because of this

What sort of battles do popularity contests win?

I'm referring to conduct in office or high-ranking position which KLL holds

His manner which he handles situations isn't conducive for someone in that type of position

Yes the situation is difficult but you also want to motivate and push the team forward not be constantly divisive and vociferous in everything you do.
People are not gonna want to work with you or fear providing positive and related feedback
Basically "do as i say" not "do as i do" type of mentality and that's a baddddddddd way to go

I'm not against the new admin. nor KLL, but he really is his own worst enemy at times and refuses to change or take advice it seems sadly
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on May 15, 2020, 01:45:01 AM
Calls for Hadad to give directions
By Walter Alibey (T&T Guardian)


The silence of the FIFA-appointed Normalisation Committee Chairman Robert Hadad has become a major concern for some technical officials of the local football fraternity.
...


The Chairman is silent because  FIFA and CONCACAF have not arrived at definition or consolidation. The name of the game here is not speed or expedience.  The name of the game is practicability. There is a hierarchy of concerns, not merely one concern.

Allyuh better hope Hadad doh bolt de stable.
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on May 15, 2020, 02:02:25 AM
decent article.

though I'd think they should refrain from mentioning Jack as a source for any info.
He's just a stain on the association.

On the flip side.....i don't know why Keith Look Loy sees it necessary to continuously comment on FB about every article dropped and argue vociferiously each time

He may make some good points in between his rants and BS, but he needs some serious PR training.
He cannot be a spokesperson for any org. with that attitude unfortunately --
and i say unfortunate cause he does have a wealth of knowledge to share but it's how he's sharing it is the main issue and ppl ignore or cast him aside because of this

What sort of battles do popularity contests win?

I'm referring to conduct in office or high-ranking position which KLL holds

His manner which he handles situations isn't conducive for someone in that type of position

Yes the situation is difficult but you also want to motivate and push the team forward not be constantly divisive and vociferous in everything you do.
People are not gonna want to work with you or fear providing positive and related feedback
Basically "do as i say" not "do as i do" type of mentality and that's a baddddddddd way to go

I'm not against the new admin. nor KLL, but he really is his own worst enemy at times and refuses to change or take advice it seems sadly

I direct you to Yorke's observations of Keane, currently trending on the Yorke thread: 'Keano will live by the sword and die by the sword.'

Convictions are swords. Whether the policy is one of scorching the earth or one of speaking truth to power or one of speaking truth to ignoramuses, convictions are swords and their bearers tend to sleep well, tend to be comfortable bearing them and comfortable looking in the mirror.

What's the solution, sharpen the sword or dull the blade?
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: asylumseeker on May 15, 2020, 02:27:53 AM
Jack was quite good and pointed in the Andre interview on sports talk on tten.
Don’t know if Anyone has a link.

Would love to hear that!
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: maxg on May 15, 2020, 04:36:06 PM
Jack was quite good and pointed in the Andre interview on sports talk on tten.
Don’t know if Anyone has a link.

Would love to hear that!
Jack was hitting DJW some virtual lash, and Andre didn't step up to deflect the blows. Andre tried to change subject by referring to JAW own problems. Jack say, he ain't thief, money pass, and money still passing , or something to that effect. He said he believe in the Wallace admin and also commented on the ghost of the CFU. It was sometimes quite funny. Jack want to know how come the President of Concacaf receiving million dollar salary, and is outside the Caribbean region, when Caribbean has 27 votes of 41. "Never in my time". Jack say as salary as VP fifa  (or maybe wa spres. of concacaf) he didn't even get 2 kaiser balls.
Add: I think Jack commented on everything current, except the tainted wildmeat. Tman, seeker y’all can’t get from the network?
https://www.facebook.com/ttenmedia/videos/267107451336452/
Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Flex on May 18, 2020, 06:00:12 AM
‘A set up!’ TTFA accuses CAS of helping Fifa financially bully Wallace, mulls its options
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868).


The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) opened the possibility of a withdrawal of its case from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) today in a move that could have seismic repercussions for its battle with Fifa.

In a legal missive by the TTFA today, the local football body accused CAS of ‘an unacceptable display of apparent institutional bias’ towards Fifa, which has forced a rethink of whether the Switzerland-based body offers a suitable forum for impartial justice.

Notably, president William Wallace said the TTFA is not considering quitting its fight altogether but simply mulling over the right venue for its battle. The local football body is represented by attorneys Matthew Gayle and Dr Emir Crowne.

“Having gone down a road and clearly seeing the obstacles that present themselves down that particular road,” Wallace told Wired868. “[…] It does not seem to make sense [to continue]. Our lawyers are experienced and they have been down this road before and they are seeing a different response from CAS than what they have witnessed before.

“So they have advised us and we are going with their advice. It is unfortunate [but] the direction we were pointed in, we feel we are basically being set up.”

The TTFA had appealed a ruling by the Bureau of the Fifa Council to implement a normalisation committee in Trinidad and Tobago on 17 March 2020. The Bureau, which is headed by Fifa president Gianni Infantino, claimed its decision was due to the TTFA’s ‘extremely low overall financial management methods, combined with a massive debt’ which put it in ‘a very real risk of insolvency and illiquidity’.

Wallace was elected TTFA president on 24 November 2019 and the vast majority of the debt and financial management methods identified by Fifa were inherited from his predecessor, David John-Williams.

Ironically, John-Williams holds a Fifa position at present—he is a Fifa Players’ Status Committee member—and, rather than castigate him for the TTFA’s financially precarious position, Infantino publicly declared him a ‘teammate’, just six days before the local football body’s election.

Wallace claimed that Fifa’s decision to remove him from the helm of the TTFA was done as revenge for his electoral success over ‘DJW’ and to potentially stave off an investigation into the controversial TTFA Home of Football project, which was constructed under John-Williams’ supervision and received at least US$2.5 million (TT$17 million) in funding from Fifa.

CAS may no longer be the appropriate forum for that dispute. Like Fifa, the global sport arbitration body is also based in Switzerland. The former is headquartered in Zurich while the latter has its office in Lausanne.

The TTFA’s attorneys suggested that the relationship between the two bodies may not end with shared geographic borders. Wallace said CAS appeared to be helping Fifa exploit its financial advantage over the local football body.

“We believe that they know we have set up a ‘go fund me’ account and we are strapped for cash,” said Wallace, “so they are using different means to frustrate us to pull out of the process. Based on what we have seen, we have started to question the independence of CAS.”

Gayle spelt out their concerns in a letter to CAS today, which accused the body of not only driving up its legal costs but unfairly saddling the TTFA with them.

CAS asked the cash-strapped TTFA to pay CHF 40,000 (TT$277,000) by 20 May 2020, which was the entire cost for arbitration, while Fifa, a billion dollar enterprise, was not required to spend a cent until after the matter is heard—although the latter organisation tripled the cost of the proceedings by requesting three arbiters instead of one.

“The default rule in any fair and balanced arbitral proceedings is that the appellants and the respondents each pay 50% of the advance costs,” stated Gayle. “We note, with concern, that [Fifa] did not give any indication as to its position on the advance costs, but instead it was the purportedly independent tribunal administrators who took it upon itself to inform the [TTFA] that ‘as a general rule, Fifa does not pay any arbitration costs in advance’.

“The CAS then proceeds to inform the [TTFA]—again, without any indication from [Fifa] that they would not indeed advance their share of the exorbitant arbitration costs—that ‘the [TTFA] has to pay the entirety of the advance of costs’.

“This is made all the more alarming since the same purportedly independent tribunal had accepted without question the submission of [Fifa] to have the matter heard by three arbitrators, therein tripling the costs.

“On its face, therefore, the CAS appears to be a willing participant in [Fifa’s] gamesmanship, especially if the CAS had institutional knowledge that [Fifa]—an entity with immeasurable financial resources—would not be advancing their share of the arbitration costs… This is at least an unacceptable display of apparent institutional bias.”

Gayle noted too that, although travel restrictions as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic means the entire matter will be heard via video conferencing, CAS did not offer a discount on its fees—despite, presumably, not having to foot the cost of airfare and accommodation for its judges.

CAS generally charges between CHF 8,000 and 15,000 (TT$55,500 and $104,000) per arbiter.

“No breakdown of this exorbitant fee was provided, particularly since the hearing would have likely taken place by videoconference,” stated the TTFA’s attorney, “and the usual travel costs of the panel and the CAS’ counsel would have been eliminated.

“Instead, the fee seems to have been unaffected. To that end, we are genuinely unsure how the CAS facilitates access to justice with such extravagant fees. The [TTFA is] not from the developed world, nor are they as well-financed as [Fifa].”

On 6 April, the TTFA paid CHF 1,000 (TT$6,900) to register their case with CAS. Fifa was then presumed to have 20 days to file their response.

Instead, the Infantino-led body, which would have received the TTFA’s submission, said it would only lodge its response after Wallace paid arbitration fees for both parties. Gayle suggested that Fifa was being allowed to set its own deadlines.

“[Fifa] also issued a letter to the CAS indicating that their deadline to file their answer must therefore be suspended until the [TTFA] settles the entirety of the exorbitant arbitration fees,” stated Gayle. “Though the plain reading of the rule under which [Fifa] applied for this extension of their deadline would appear to presume the [Fifa] would be paying their 50% of the advance costs, the CAS once again ruled that [Fifa] would be able to benefit from this extension.

“To compound the perception of institutional bias, the letter from the CAS informing the [TTFA] of CAS’ ruling, is the very same correspondence which informed the TTFA that [Fifa] had made the request, meaning that the CAS had ruled without even giving the [TTFA] the opportunity to be heard.”

Wallace said he will meet with TTFA vice-presidents, Clynt Taylor, Susan Joseph-Warrick and Sam Phillip, and their legal team to decide what happens next.

“We are considering our next option, we have not decided yet,” said Wallace. “The group will meet, discuss and decide what our next move is.”

Fifa’s refusal to recognise Wallace coupled with an inability to legally install its proposed normalisation committee of Robert Hadad, Judy Daniel and Nigel Romano has created gridlock and instability within the local game.

The world governing body does not offer an internal mechanism to appeal a decision by the Bureau of the Fifa Council.

However, Fifa is due to hold its annual Congress this September in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and all 210 members should be in attendance. In theory, Wallace’s best chance of forcing a climbdown from Infantino may be to convince Fifa member associations to support the tiny twin island republic—a feat he failed to pull off within the Caribbean.

But it would be extremely difficult for the besieged administrator to get an invitation to the Congress, since Fifa secretary general Fatma Samoura was clear that Hadad was considered the TTFA’s current boss.

Otherwise, the TTFA’s only source of redress outside of the courts may be the local courts, which comes with certain risks attached.

Although Wallace can only be legally removed through a vote by three quarter of the TTFA’s 47 delegates, Fifa has the power to suspend the local football body and block its participation in international competitions.

Wallace declined comment on a possible Fifa ban for the TTFA—or even individual members—until after further talks with his colleagues and attorneys. He disagreed that a withdrawal from the CAS hearing could give Fifa the upper hand.

“There is no advantage until we decide what our next step is,” said Wallace. “If from where FIFA sits they really think [the implementation of a normalisation committee] was justifiable, I don’t think they would have had an issue pursuing it.

“I think it is because they cannot totally justify their actions that this has happened.”

For his part, Gayle made it clear that the TTFA was unhappy with the treatment meted out by CAS so far.

“To sum up, [Fifa] and the CAS caused the arbitration fees to triple,” Gayle told CAS. “The arbitration fees themselves are excessive per se, especially since the proceedings were likely to take place by videoconferencing due to the CAS’ Emergency Guidelines.

“The CAS then took it upon itself to indicate that [Fifa] would not be paying their share of those excessive fees, and placed the entire financial burden on the TTFA—all of whom are domiciled in a developing country.

“After that unilateral act by the CAS, [Fifa] then sought to have their deadline to file their answer [to the TTFA’s legal submission] suspended. In effect, [Fifa] secured an automatic extension and apparently knew that it would indeed succeed in this regard.

“To be clear, even if our clients applied to the CAS for legal aid, it would still not remedy the apparent institutional bias that has arisen. As it stands, there are very real doubts that the CAS remains an appropriate and fair forum for the resolution of this dispute.”

The TTFA’s accusation of bias towards Fifa comes just weeks after Switzerland attorney general Michael Lauber was fined eight percent of his salary and removed from investigations of corruption into football, due to revelations of a secret meeting with Infantino in 2017.

Lauber failed to properly declare the meeting with the Fifa president, who is an attorney by trade, and only acknowledged it after it was reported in the media.

Last month, Switzerland’s Federal Court rejected Lauber’s bid to rejoin investigations into Fifa and upheld a lower court ruling that the attorney general should ‘recuse himself from the federal prosecutors’ probe’.

TTFA technical committee chairman Keith Look Loy, who was a key mover behind the electoral campaign of Wallace’s ‘United TTFA’ slate, insisted that the fight is far from over.

“It must be understood that this letter to CAS is not a withdrawal of the Wallace case,” said Look Loy. “It merely expresses the TTFA executives’ legitimate concern at the behaviour of the court in its handling of this matter—a concern which I share. One could easily conclude that CAS is behaving almost as FIFA’s agent.

“Whether the case is withdrawn from CAS and another course of action is undertaken is now subject to discussion. All options remain available and will be examined.

“But anyone who believes the resistance to FIFA and its so called normalisation committee is ended is sorely mistaken.”

Title: Re: FIFA appoints normalisation committee for Trinidad and Tobago football
Post by: Flex on May 19, 2020, 07:02:05 AM
United TTFA dumps CAS to fight FIFA in T&T High Court.
By Walter Alibey (Guardian).


The ousted T&T Football Association (TTFA) team of William Wallace, Clynt Taylor, Joseph Sam Phillip, Susan Joseph-Warrick, Anthony Harford and Keith Look Loy has taken its fight against the FIFA, football's governing body, to the High Court of T&T.

The group lodged a brief on Monday, citing a combination of factors such as unfairness, a belief that they will not get a fair trial at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Switzerland, their will to upkeep the tenets of democracy in T&T, to a belief that the CAS was blatantly disregarding its own Statutes.

The FIFA statutes also spell out clearly that Member Associations cannot take it to its local court and could face a ban if this happens.

Upon the submission of their brief, the team also requested: "A Declaration that the purported decision of the Defendant dated March 17, 2020, purporting to remove the Claimant's duly elected executive is null, vo